What Are the Causes of Burning Sensations in Arch of the Foot?

Updated July 19, 2017

Burning foot is a common complaint, mostly in those people over the age of 50. Symptoms include burning, stinging, redness and swelling. Burning foot can be a very serious condition if not treated properly. Treatments include magnetic therapy insoles, topical cream and antibiotics that target fungal infection. Shoes and socks that allow proper ventilation are often recommended.


Burning foot is defined as a burning or stinging sensation of the foot. The sensation can be felt anywhere, including the arches.


There are several causes of a burning sensation in the arch of your foot, including ingestion of alcohol over long periods, irritating fabrics, fungal infections, poorly fitted shoes, blood disorders, kidney failure, liver damage and thyroid dysfunction.

Other causes of a burning sensation in the arch include athlete's foot, diabetic neuropathy and thrombocytopenia.

Causes of pain in the arch of the foot include trauma, ligament sprains, muscle strains, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, sprain to the arch, arthritis of the arch and overuse.

Athlete's Foot

Wrong Diagnosis defines athlete's foot as "a fungus that causes redness and cracking of the skin. It is itchy. The cracks between the toes allow germs to get under the skin."

Symptoms of athlete's foot, which may appear on the soles of the feet and between the toes, include damp skin, white or grey skin, red patches of skin and dead skin.

According to Wrong Diagnosis, athlete's foot typically is "the result of transmission of an infectious agent by another person by one or more of the following: saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to foetus, etc."

Other causes include trichophyton interdigitale (a bacteria that gets in between the toes) and epidermophyton floccosum (a fungus that invades the skin).

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy affects many parts of the body, including the legs, feet, bladder, heart, gastrointestinal system and the reproductive system. It develops in those who have diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include pain, numbness, "pins and needles" sensations and tingling or prickling. These symptoms can also affect the arms, legs and trunk. Diabetic neuropathy can also affect the muscles, resulting in weakness, atrophy (wasting away of the tissue), difficulty standing and walking and foot deformities.

Wrong Diagnosis lists the following causes for diabetic neuropathy: diabetes, alcohol use, smoking, high blood pressure, hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol) and obesity.


Thrombocytopenia is defined as a decreased amount of platelets in the blood.

There are several symptoms associated with thrombocytopenia, including bruising, bleeding, clotting failure, petechiae (reddish purple spots), purpura (small blood vessel bruising), nosebleeds, vaginal bleeding, excessive bleeding following surgery, gastrointestinal bleeding, blood in stool, blood in urine and an enlarged spleen.

There are dozens of causes associated with thrombocytopenia, including surgery, blood transfusions, blood poisoning, bone cancer, HIV, viral infections, certain medications, Gaucher Disease Type 2 (deficiency of an enzyme in infancy) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Jennifer Sobek has been a writer since 1993, working on collegiate and professional newspapers. Her writing has appeared in the "Copperas Cove Leader Press," "Fort Lewis Ranger," "Suburban Trends" and "The Shopper News," among others. Sobek has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rowan University.