By contactus@footandanklenj.com
February 23, 2017
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After many hours of standing or walking a long distance, it’s not unusual for your feet to feel like they’re on fire. If, however, you find that you are experiencing a burning sensation in your feet on a regular basis, regardless of activity or time of day, the foot doctors at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care will need to see you for a podiatric examination, particularly if you are over the age of 50. Burning feet may be a sign of a serious health problem, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Nerve problems (i.e., Neuroma or tarsal tunnel syndrome)

Heavy alcohol use and gastric restriction in people who are extremely obese can also be the root of a burning sensation in the feet.

Our foot doctors, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will want to get a complete medical history in addition to examining your feet. If the podiatrist suspects a systemic disorder you may be referred to your general physician or a specialist for further testing and consultation.

If no significant health issues are diagnosed, there are several ways you can try to reduce the burning sensation. These include:

  • Take foot baths daily to soothe hot and sweaty feet.
  • Choose cotton socks and those made of lighter fibers. Synthetic materials tend to make it difficult for feet to breathe and may cause irritation and the burning feeling.
  • Be sure that your shoes fit properly and provide the necessary support. Remember that your foot size can change as you age and you should have your foot professionally measured periodically to be sure you are wearing the correct size.
  • Put shock-absorbing or cushioned insoles in your shoes.
  • Try to avoid standing for long periods of time

Sometimes a mechanical imbalance in your feet can be the cause of the burning sensation. The podiatrist may recommend orthotics to help correct the position of the foot. The bottom line is that if you persistently experience burning feet, you need to contact our Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction office to make an appointment and get it checked.