How to Treat Burning Feet

Updated April 17, 2017

Burning feet is a condition in which your feet feel as though they are burning and, at times, throbbing. Burning feet can prevent sufferers from being able to sleep at night and can cause them pain while walking during the day.

Visit a podiatrist or primary care physician. In order to treat burning feet, you will need to determine what the cause is. This may mean that you will need to go through blood tests, X-rays and other medical tests.

Discuss the treatment options for burning feet with your doctor. Magnetic therapy insoles, antibiotics for fungal creams and medicated topical creams are the most common options. Your doctor also might recommend some at-home treatments.

Lose weight if you need to. If your feet are bearing too much of a load, they are likely to experience pain. After you have reduced your body weight, there won't be as much pressure on your feet.

Take breaks throughout the day to sit down. If you are constantly on your feet, this may be one of the main reasons you are experiencing a burning sensation in your feet. Periodic breaks should help reduce the amount of pain that you feel at the end of the day or work week.

Soak your feet in cold water. This is one of the best ways to stop the pain, even if it only provides you with pain relief on a temporary basis. Since many people have a hard time sleeping with burning feet, soaking your feet in cold water at night is probably the best idea.

Purchase one of the products on the market that offers cooling properties. Using one of these products several times a week will help provide temporary pain relief.


If you notice a lot of itching, there is a good chance your burning feet may actually be caused by a fungal infection or athlete's foot. Consider purchasing a more comfortable pair of shoes, along with cushioned insoles. Follow the instructions that are given to you by a podiatrist or doctor.


Keep in mind that burning feet can indicate other health problems. If you find out you have burning feet, you should visit a primary care physician for testing.

Things You'll Need

  • Podiatrist
  • Primary care physician
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Jody Morse has worked as an assistant wedding deejay and has also dabbled in wedding planning. As a sufferer of endometriosis, Morse enjoys writing on women's health topics. Her work has appeared on,, and other websites. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.