Fire-walking or walking on hot coals has existed for centuries in the eastern hemisphere be it for religious feasts; to dispense justice; as a healing practice; initiation rites or to remove evil spirits. The majority of fire walkers do not burn their feet because they have been psyched up and also because wood is a poor conductor of heat. But if the person is not mentally prepared the feet do burn.
If however, you are not a fire-walker, and over a period of time you have a burning sensation on the soles of your feet having stood for long periods of time during the day, which a nice soothing bath or the elevation of the feet does not alleviate, you may have what is known as burning feet. If this recurring phenomenon progresses to a tingling feeling, you need to see a podiatrist, because this could imply deeper rooted problems, especially if you are over 50 years of age.
Syracuse Podiatry located in Fayetteville, NY, which serves the entire Syracuse area is fortunate to have a board certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico as part of its committed and well-trained team. Dr. D’Amico is experienced in any pedal problem, be it reconstructive foot and ankle surgery to ingrown toenails, or diabetic foot care to burning feet.
Causes of Burning Feet:
- Prolonged periods of standing
- Nerve damage due to Diabetes
- Athlete’s foot
- Blood disorders
Short-term remedies to relieve the burning sensation:
- Avoid standing for extensive periods of time
- Wear cotton socks to allow the feet to breathe
- Bathe the feet in cool water
- Well-fitting shoes
- Cooling ointments
Should burning feet recur, contact Dr. D’Amico at (315) 446 3668, as self-medication is not advised. If the underlying cause is neuropathy due to Diabetes, Chemotherapy or any serious blood disorder, only the doctor will be able to plan the protocol of the treatment of Burning Feet.