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Do you ever have a burning sensation in your feet? If you do, you may be suffering from Burning Feet.

Burning feet can be a result of many things but the most common is nerve damage in the legs, also known as neuropathy. Neuropathy is when damaged nerve fibers become overactive and misfire, which results in a burning sensation. Even though Neuropathy is the the most common cause for Burning Feet there is many causes such as:

  • Vitamin deficiency (vitamin B12 and occasionally vitamin B6)
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism)
  • Lyme disease
  • Amyloid polyneuropathy
  • Drug side effects, including chemotherapy drugs, vitamin B6 overdose, HIV medicines, isoniazid, amiodarone, metformin, and  others
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Hypertension

In most scenarios the cause of burning feet can be identified by the patient having diabetes or another likely cause. Those with a straightforward diagnosis will not need further testing. However, those that have no explainable cause or symptoms that rapidly worsen may need additional test to make a correct diagnosis. These tests may include:

  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve conduction study
  • Laboratory tests
  • Nerve biopsy

Once you are diagnosed, the most important thing is to stop any ongoing nerve damage. Common Treatments for Burning Feet are:

  • Take additional Vitamins to control deficiency
  • Control Excessive Alcohol Intake

Dialysis to address chronic kidney disease. Dialysis may be necessary to eliminate toxins causing neuropathy and burning feet symptoms.

Take oral synthetic thyroid hormone raises low thyroid levels

If you are experiencing any pain or issues due to Burning Feet, call Nagler Foot Center today! Houston’s Podiatrist Sherman Nagler