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Introduction

Burning feet are a common complaint and they can be causedby numerous conditions and ailments and they are actually a syndrome whichmeans that their symptoms may be the outcome of different causes. The conditionis especially severe during the night and it causes so many people to losesleep. Nerve damage associated with diabetes can commonly be affiliated withburning feet as well.

The condition can be local and mild which means that itcan be treated very easily but it can also be an indicator of some seriousunderlying medical condition. Burning feet are sometimes referred to asGrierson-Gopalan syndrome. The most common symptoms of the condition arehyperesthesia, elevated skin temperature, aching of the feet, severe burning ofthe feet, excessive sweating, and vasomotor changes of the feet. It may causefurther ocular complications such as amblyopia and scotoma.

Causes

Burning feet are usually caused by mechanical overloadespecially when the feet were exposed to extra wear and tear throughout theday. Hot and sweaty feet may be related to the aforementioned condition and canbe the cause of the burning sensation. Diabetes causes neuropathy which mayalso be the trigger of the burning sensation in the feet.

Other types of nervedamage associated with vitamin B deficiency, chronic alcoholism and heavy metalpoisoning can also be the cause of burning feet. Some blood disorders andcirculatory disorders may also lead to burning sensations in the feet. Complexregional pain syndrome can also be the cause of burning sensations in the feet.Nerve entrapments usually involve nerve compression located at the inside partof the ankle joint and they also may trigger burning sensations in the feet.Other causes of burning sensations in the feet may include Morton’s neuroma,metatarsalgia, fungal infections and athletes foot, sensitivity to chemicalsubstances, nerve entrapment and arthritis.

Burning usually occurs at the soles but it may sometimesascend to the top ankles. The symptoms of the condition usually get worseduring the night. Most patients have normal blood vessels while some mayexperience erythema and local tenderness. One must check with doctor if theburning feet are associated with some underlying medical condition. Thetreatment requires comfortable shoes, soaking the feet in cold water andavoidance of excessive heat exposure. One should ingest vitamin B supplementsbecause they are very efficient in reducing the burning sensation. Sometimesthe treatment may require arch supports, orthotics and pain relief medication.

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