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Causes of burning and tingling feet

Updated February 21, 2017

If your feet burn and tingle, it may be a sign of a more serious illness. If you have done a lot of walking, running or physical activities in the past few days and have no other symptoms, your burning or tingling feet may be a result of overexertion. If you have been exposed to sunburn, your tingling feet may be a result of sun exposure. However, if you have other symptoms associated with your burning or tingling feet, you should get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. If you are obese, have respiratory problems, a severe headache, vomiting, nausea, menstrual irregularities, or any other severe and alarming symptom, it is likely that your tingling feet are the sign of a more serious illness. See your doctor immediately and discuss your symptoms with him to determine a personal diagnosis.

Symptoms

If your feet burn and tingle, it may be a sign of a more serious illness. If you have done a lot of walking, running or physical activities in the past few days and have no other symptoms, your burning or tingling feet may be a result of overexertion. If you have been exposed to sunburn, your tingling feet may be a result of sun exposure. However, if you have other symptoms associated with your burning or tingling feet, you should get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. If you are obese, have respiratory problems, a severe headache, vomiting, nausea, menstrual irregularities, or any other severe and alarming symptom, it is likely that your tingling feet are the sign of a more serious illness. See your doctor immediately and discuss your symptoms with him to determine a personal diagnosis.

Causes

Burning and tingling feet may be a result of poor circulation, sunburn or physical exertion. If burning and tingling feet are your only symptom and you have done a lot of physical exertion or been out in the sun for a long period of time, you may want to monitor your symptoms before seeing a doctor. If your other symptoms include weight problems, tingling feet may be an early sign of diabetes. If you have respiratory problems, a headache, vomiting, menstrual irregularities or nausea associated with your tingling feet, you may have HIV or an alcohol-related disorder. In order to reduce the pain of burning and tingling feet, take acetaminophen or soak your feet in cold water in 10-minute increments. These temporary remedies are by no means a cure for any disorders associated with burning and tingling feet and it is important that you see a doctor if your symptoms become severe or alarming.

Warnings

Burning and tingling feet may be the result of HIV and AIDS, or a late-stage alcohol disorder. Do not avoid seeing a doctor if you think your burning and tingling feet may be related to these disorders. Tingling feet can also be the result of more serious disorders such as Bamforth syndrome, a rare disease in which there is an opening in the roof of the mouth, which results in thyroid disorders. Tingling feet can also be the result of a dangerous spinal injury, so if you have had a car accident or other injury recently you should see a doctor immediately about your tingling feet. Tingling feet can also be due to immobilisation, so if you have not been exercising as much as you should, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

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