Burning feet syndrome, which commonly affects people over age 50, can make your feet feel like they're on fire. Symptoms can be mild to severe, and there can be many causes. Proper diagnosis and treatment are recommended for feet that just won't cool down.
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Burning feet syndrome can be caused by drinking too much alcohol, athlete's foot, excess perspiration, wearing tight socks or ill-fitting shoes without adequate ventilation, thyroid problems, kidney failure, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies or gastric problems resulting from obesity.
Burning feet syndrome can be diagnosed by a neurologist, internist or podiatrist. Diagnostic tests include a physical exam with a complete medical history, nerve conduction velocity tests, X-rays, MRI and blood tests.
People with burning feet syndrome experience sudden or continuous burning in their feet along with swelling, redness or stinging sensations. Emergency medical care should be sought if feet burn for several weeks without relief.
People with burning feet syndrome should wear comfortable socks and shoes, elevate their feet, soak them in cool water and vinegar, sprinkle them with cornstarch powder, take aspirin or acetaminophen for pain and herbal supplements to increase circulation.
Placing ice packs on burning feet or soaking them in ice cold water should be avoided as it may lead to other foot problems.
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