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How to Treat Burning Feet

By Susan Kaye ; Updated July 18, 2017

Burning sensations in the feet, especially the sole, are a common complaint and can have many causes. More readily seen in people over 50, this symptom may be accompanied by swelling and redness or a symptom of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Other disease conditions and even something as simple as wearing the wrong shoes can cause this condition. So read below for solutions to relieve burning feet.

  1. Change your shoes. Perspiration combined with friction and a lining material in the shoe that irritates your feet can be the cause of burning feet. Wear shoes that allow dampness to evaporate and alternate between several pairs of shoes rather than wearing the same pair every day.

  2. Wear socks made from natural fibers such as cotton, wool or silk. Socks containing polyester don’t breathe as well as natural fibers, preventing wicking away of perspiration and adding to foot discomfort.

  3. Treat athlete’s foot if you are suffering from this condition. The fungus causing athlete’s foot also causes itching and burning. Use any of the various antifungal foot powders or creams available over the counter or see a doctor if these don’t offer relief.

  4. Reduce alcohol consumption. Alcohol dilates the blood vessels especially the capillaries and contributes additional blood flow to the extremities. This can be the cause of extra warmth and burning in the feet.

  5. Ask your doctor for blood tests to check for gout, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes and other medical conditions whose symptoms include burning sensations and pains in the feet.

  6. Wear proper foot protection in cold weather to avoid frostbite, another cause of burning in the feet. If you have frostbite, thaw feet out carefully in a tepid water bath. Check water temperature on the inside of your wrist before submersing feet to avoid doing further damage to tissues.

  7. Tip

    Have yourself checked out by a health care practitioner or medical doctor to rule out any serious conditions which are causing burning feet syndrome.


    This information is offered for educational purposes and is not meant to replace medical advice.

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