Numbness and Burning Feet
It is always most important to remember to consult with your podiatrist immediately if you experience any numbness or burning sensations in your feet.
Burning Feet & Numbness
A burning sensation and numbness in your feet can be very uncomfortable making it difficult to accomplish normal tasks. This condition is called paresthesia and causes can vary widely from exhaustion to serious medical problems that affect blood circulation. If you experience paresthesia for short or long periods, it is important to seek the advice of a medical professional and determine the cause.
Numb and burning feet can affect all ages, but it is most often a problem associated with adults over fifty years of age. The numb and burning sensations may sometimes be accompanied by other symptoms as well, such as redness of the skin, swollen feet, aching and sensations of warmer temperature.
The causes of paresthesia cover a wider range and can sometimes indicate simple fatigue and overuse while other times it can mean there is a serious medical issue that needs to be addressed.
Causes Contributing to Paresthesia:
- Nerve Damage and Entrapments
- Lack of Vitamin B
- Exposure to Toxins or Chemicals
Diagnosing the root cause of the problem is sometimes difficult. Your podiatrist or doctor will need to examine your entire medical history and run several tests to make a proper diagnosis. The tests may include X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans and many others. Additionally, they may take blood or urine samples and require skin samples to check for skin conditions such as athlete’s foot.
Once your doctor makes a proper diagnosis, they will prescribe a treatment plan. Treatment plans can include many different things such as wearing different footwear and medication. You should always consult your doctor before using any treatment methods, but below are some things you can do at home, which will sometimes help relieve some of the discomfort.
- Always wear shoes that properly fit
- Use shoe inserts or orthotics
- Ensure you have enough vitamin B
- Elevate your feet frequently throughout the day
- Give your feet plenty of time to rest
- Eliminate the intake of alcohol/narcotics
If you have numbness and burning sensations in your feet, make an appointment to see your podiatrist immediately. Finding the root cause of the problem often makes treatment and curing the issue on a long-term basis much easier. If you wait until the problem becomes severe, it can lead to additional complications and risks. Paresthesia is not normal and it is a sign there is something that needs to be addressed. Minor issues that go untreated for long periods can often become major problems down the road.