Why Are My Feet Burning?

It’s not unusual to have your feet feel sore and burning if you’ve had a day where you spent long hours standing or walking (particularly if you are over the age of 50), but if you experience a burning sensation in your feet regularly, it’s something you should get checked out by your podiatrist. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we treat several conditions where a burning feeling in the foot is a symptom. In some cases, burning feet are pointing to another serious health issue. Here are a few of the more common causes:

  • Diabetes: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy refers to nerve damage that happens as a result of The burning sensation can be a sign of problems occurring with the sensory nerves. These are the nerves that allow people to feel temperature, pain and other sensations. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy develops gradually. Some people experience the symptoms of the neuropathy before they are even diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Neuromas: When a nerve gets pinched between the toes it can become enlarged and cause pain and burning in the ball of the foot. Sometimes patients report that a Neuroma feels as if there is a rock in their shoe or their sock is bunched up under their foot.
  • Compartment Syndrome: With this condition, there is an increase in pressure within a part of the foot that can cause damage to the tissue. Acute compartment syndrome is usually the result of an injury and requires immediate attention. Exertional compartment syndrome comes on more gradually and is related to exercise and overuse. Burning, along with cramping and aching in the feet and lower legs are symptoms of this syndrome.

Getting Relief

Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Alec Hochstein and Dr. Diana Gagliano will need to do an examination of your feet and take your medical history before being able to prescribe treatment. Determining the cause will help determine the best way to alleviate the symptoms of burning feet. In some cases, cushioned inserts or choosing more supportive footwear may solve the problem. Custom orthotics can help correct mechanical problems that relieve excess pressure on the affected area of the foot. If chronic burning feet are a concern for you, contact our Great Neck office for an appointment by calling: 516-482-5999.