Home remedies for tingling & burning feet & legs

Updated April 17, 2017

A lack of dietary nutrients, allergic reaction to chemical dyes in new footwear, nerve inflammation, arthritis, hypothyroidism or even diabetes can make your feet and sometimes your calves tingle. This condition, also known as Grierson-Gopalan syndrome, can leave you with a burning sensation accompanied with moderate to severe pain. While a variety of drugs and salves are available to rectify this problem, a few home remedies for tingling and burning feet and legs can help provide relief too.


One of the most potent natural remedies for burning feet and legs is to immerse them in a tub of cool water. The water should not be ice cold, though you can place a few ice cubes in room-temperature water to cool it somewhat. For a more lasting remedy, soak your feet in a water and vinegar solution at least two times every day.

Hot Pepper Poultice

A poultice made with hot peppers can help provide relief from tingling and burning feet. Take a dozen red chilli peppers and heat them over a high flame. Crush the peppers, place them in a soft, thin, clean cloth and bundle them up to form a poultice. Place this on the burning area of your feet and legs. The heat of the peppers reduces your foot pain more safely than an oral drug would, without side effects.

Proper Footwear

If you are prone to tingling and burning feet, always wear clean, dry cotton socks. Socks that wick moisture away from your feet can help prevent your burning feet symptoms. Change your socks every eight hours during the day.

Comfortable shoes are a must for relief from burning feet. Change your shoes often and buy only leather or cloth footwear. You need a curved, flat or slightly curved insole if the curve of your inner arch is high, flat or in-between, respectively. Buy shoes that fit your specific arch type well and provide sufficient support to your feet as you go about to your daily work. When you buy new shoes, limit your movement in them for the first few days to let your feet get used to them.


Stretching exercises can help you relieve the pain of burning feet and legs. Stand about three feet from a wall and touch the wall with both your hands, palms flat. Lean forward, bringing one knee toward the wall and bending at your elbows. The heel of your other leg should be resting on the floor and that leg itself should be straight. Lean forward until you can feel a slight stretching of your calf muscle. Repeat with the other leg.

As a general rule, it is also helpful to avoid standing in one position for a prolonged period of time.

Dietary Remedies

Avoid sugar and sugar-rich foods, alcohol and tobacco. Diets rich in vitamin B complex and niacin have helped some people ease their tingling and burning feet. Eat foods such as green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, nuts, milk and eggs to add these nutrients to your diet.

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Rajrupa Ghosh has been writing since 2002. With two master's in literature and journalism (Jadavpur University and Indian Institute of Mass Communication) she has been published in "The Telegraph" and "The Statesman," designed e-learning courses at Tata Interactive Systems and developed marketing collaterals for Tata Consultancy Services and Hewlett Packard.