How to Treat Hot Feet


Having the feeling that your feet are burning can be very unnerving, to say the least. Peripheral neuropathy, which is often brought about by a poor diet, is a primary cause of that burning foot feeling.

This burning sensation can range in severity from merely a mild, inconveniencing match to a debilitating 4-alarm fire. The most common cause of burning feet syndrome is complications from excess alcohol consumption and neuropathy from diabetes.

Other conditions that can cause you to experience a sensation of hot feet include the following:

●     Chronic kidney disease

●     Athlete’s foot fungi

●     Nail fungus

●     Hypothyroid condition

●     Side effects of medication

●     Swelling of blood vessels

●     Neuromas

●     Nutrient deficiency

●     Arteriosclerosis

The treatments for hot feet caused by diabetes should be discussed with your doctor since the consequences of improper treatment can be particularly devastating. A careful combination of blood sugar regulation, proper diet, and proper medication are part of a comprehensive treatment plan that can protect your feet from further damage.

Other treatments for burning feet include:

●     Alcohol avoidance - avoiding alcohol will prevent additional nerve damage and allow the nerves to begin the healing process.

●     Dialysis - toxic substances increase in the blood and can cause numbness and burning in the feet. Cleaning the blood removes these toxins.

●     Vitamin B injections - low B vitamins can cause burning feet problems and injections of the vitamin can help heal the damaged nerves.

Your foot doctor may suggest a variety of tests including nerve conduction studies, urine and blood tests, and finally a spinal fluid test. For burning caused by mechanical deformities including bunions and neuromas, specially made orthotic inserts can be helpful in isolating the area and will allow healing.

If your feet are too hot we highly recommend that you consult our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!