What’s Causing Your Feet to Burn?

If you’re wondering why your feet are always burning, then you should probably stop what you’re doing and make an appointment right now to see the foot specialists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland.

Occasional achiness in your feet, along with a sensation of burning, is most likely due to overuse. A long, tough day on your feet can just make your dogs burn – especially if they’re supporting those 20 extra pounds you’ve been meaning to lose! But if the feeling never goes away or is accompanied by tingling, chances are you’ve got some nerve damage that needs a doctor’s care.

Sources of nerve damage

Diabetes is the most common cause of nerve damage. Known as diabetic neuropathy, this kind of nerve damage develops over years of problems with blood sugar levels. In fact, a person may have been developing diabetes for quite a while and may only realize it when burning or tingling feet show up as a symptom.

Other possible causes of nerve damage include:

  • fungal skin infection
  • kidney disease
  • thyroid imbalance
  • smoking
  • alcohol abuse (alcoholic neuropathy)
  • vitamin deficiencies
  • heavy metals poisoning
  • side effects from certain medications

The first step toward a solution to your burning feet is to determine the cause. Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey are board-certified podiatrists and as such are eminently qualified to get to the root of your problem. If nerve damage is behind the burn, we may treat it with vitamin supplements, pain control medications, a change in present medications, or recommendations for controlling your blood sugar if you have diabetes. Treatment of burning feet may even be as simple as changing the type of shoe you’re wearing or using a custom-fit orthotic.

If persistent burning feet plagues your daily life, don’t try to diagnose and treat it yourself. It’s important to let a podiatrist find the exact cause and try to reverse it as quickly as possible. Consult us at our podiatry office in Solon, Ohio by calling (440) 903-1041 or by clicking here to make an appointment online.