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Burning Feet

Burning feet (or hot feet) is a condition that can occur in many different types of people for many different reasons. Most commonly it is found in people over the age of 50 and in people with diabetes. Diabetics can be affected by burning feet due loss of feeling in the feet. A burning hot foot may be easily treatable or it may indicate a more serious problem that needs further investigation.


  • Neuroma Pain (pinched nerve between 3rd and 4th toes).
  • Athletes Foot sometimes produce a burning sensation.
  • High levels of alcohol consumption.
  • Tight, damp shoes and socks manufactured from man-made materials or allergic reaction to materials.
  • Generally hot and sweaty feet due to fatigue.
  • Smoking.
  • Thyroid problems.
  • Gastric restriction in obese people.
  • Insulin dependent diabetes.
  • Vitamin deficiencies.
  • Mechanical causes e.g. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (entrapment of the nerve).

Diagnosis & Treatment

There are a number of possible causes for burning feet so treatment varies according to cause. Accurate diagnosis is therefore essential in preventing further irritation.

Methods of diagnosis

  • Nerve conduction velocity testing.
  • X ray.
  • Blood tests.
  • History evaluation.
  • Examination by Podiatrist/Chiropodist.

Prevention & treatment methods

  • Wear socks and shoes that provide enough room for the foot to breathe properly.
  • Buy socks made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool, and shoes made of leather.
  • Cut down on alcohol and cigarettes.
  • Purchase a good cooling foot cream.
  • If the feet are hot and sweaty, there are various self treatments for sweaty feet.
  • Bath feet in cool water for instant relief.
  • If hot and sweaty feet is the likely problem, there are various self treatments for this problem.
  • Cushioning insoles may make standing more tolerable.
  • Try cooling methods, such as Cold Therapy Booties.

If you feel the burning is intolerable, it is advised that you see a doctor or Podiatrist/Chiropodist to be tested for some of the conditions listed above.


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Advice on sweaty feet,   
Always suffered from hot sweaty feet even with no socks on. I find it best just accept the problem and look at ways to live with it. I wear (expensive) cotton socks, I wash my feet every night in a bath rather than a shower and air my shoes and trainers regularly sometimes using shoe sprays and fresheners. Just get on with it.

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