While bacterial and fungal infections or just plain tiredness are among the leading causes of having hot feet, the burning sensation you may be experiencing, systemic diseases like diabetes could be another cause. Since there are so many conditions that can cause your feet to feel hot or tingling, you need to see your foot care professional for an accurate diagnosis and the proper treatment.
A wide variety of conditions can cause a burning sensation in the feet and ankles, including the following:
- Nerve damage or compression caused by disease and tight-fitting shoes.
- Fungal infection of the feet or toenails
- Charcot foot–this disease causes a complete collapse of the foot that can damage nerves and cause abnormal sensations.
- Kidney problems
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome–this is like the carpal tunnel syndrome that affects the wrist. Both conditions can cause feelings of burning.
- Vitamin and mineral imbalances can cause burning and tingling sensations.
- Thyroid disease–either an overactive or underactive thyroid gland can contribute to nerve anomalies.
- Diabetic neuropathy–High blood sugar causes damage to nerve ends, causing a feeling of burning, tingling, and numbness.
- Immune system irregularities
- Toxic chemical exposure–certain nail polishes and removers can cause skin burns.
- Complication of Lyme disease
If you are experiencing a burning sensation that begins rapidly and lasts for several days or even longer, it could be the sign of a serious illness that may lead to a permanent loss of feeling, so be sure to see your foot doctor. For any abnormal sensations in the feet, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.