Symptom: Burning feet

Burning feet — the sensation that your feet are painfully hot — can be mild or severe. In some cases, your burning feet may be so painful that the pain interferes with your sleep. With certain conditions, burning feet may also be accompanied by a pins and needles sensation (paresthesia) or numbness, or both.

Burning feet may also be referred to as tingling feet or paresthesia.

Burning feet

Possible causes of burning feet:

  1. Alcoholism or chronic alcohol use
  2. Athlete's foot
  3. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (a group of hereditary disorders that affects the nerves in your arms and legs)
  4. Chemotherapy
  5. Chronic kidney disease
  6. Complex regional pain syndrome (chronic pain due to a dysfunctional nervous system)
  7. Diabetic neuropathy (diabetes-related nerve damage)
  9. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  10. Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  11. Vitamin deficiency anemia

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.


  • Continue to experience burning feet, despite several weeks of self-care
  • Notice that the symptom is becoming more intense and painful
  • Feel the burning sensation has started to spread up into your legs
  • Start losing the feeling in your toes or feet

If your burning feet persist or if there is no apparent cause, then your doctor will need to do tests to determine if any of the various conditions that cause peripheral neuropathy are to blame.

  • Rest and elevate your feet.
  • Switch to more comfortable shoes.
  • Bathe your feet in cool water.


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