My feet burn around my heels what can I do

Several people suffer from a burning sensation around the feet. There could be many reasons that give rise to this burning sensation, while most causes are not serious; some require a visit to the doctor or podiatrist. You seem to suffer specifically from pain in the heels. This may occur for a number of reasons, such as: hot insoles, shoes or socks. If your feet are sensitive to certain fabrics or leather dye or detergent, this could cause a burning sensation in your feet. Use shoes that allow your feet to breathe instead of full leather shoes. Some natural fiber socks can also cause heating, instead use cotton or woolen socks. Socks made of artificial fiber that wick away sweat are also useful to keep your feet cool. Another reason for burning feet could be athlete’s foot. However, the burning sensation is usually restricted to the area of the infection. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes redness, itchiness, scaling and cracking of the skin on the feet. Good foot hygiene is essential to avoid and treat this condition.    

Another more serious cause could be nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves. Besides a burning sensation people who suffer from this condition also experience a tingling sensation, numbness, and a feeling like pin pricks. Diabetes is one of the major causes for peripheral neuropathy. Anyone above the age of 50 who experiences the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy should go in for a health check up to test for diabetes. Other conditions that can cause peripheral neuropathy are as follows: alcohol abuse, pernicious anemia or vitamin B12 deficiency, circulatory disorders, etc. Grierson-Gopalan syndrome also known as the burning feet syndrome causes severe burning and aching in the heels. This condition is mostly prevalent in women between the ages of 20 to 40. Hereditary or mechanical factors can lead to Grierson-Gopalan syndrome.

Walking is a good exercise to reduce the effects of peripheral neuropathy. Invest in a good pair of walking shoes and cotton socks. Make sure to air out your shoes after your walk. Soak your feet in room temperature water, for about 15 minutes, after a walk. Use open, comfortable shoes for day wear. Shoes that have arch support can also help to reduce the discomfort. Massage your foot with a cream or lotion that has cooling properties. Visit a doctor if the pain does not subside, your doctor may prescribe vitamin B supplements or pain relievers.

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