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7 Causes of Burning Senstation in the Feet that you should Know

General fatigue and over-exertion are the most common causes of burning feet. Take a look at the things that can cause burning sensation in the feet.

Mind Body By Himanshu Sharma / Aug 07, 2014

Behold! The Feet is on Fire!

A burning sensation in the feet, often accompanied by redness, swelling and increased feet temperature, is usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition. General fatigue and over-exertion are the most common causes of burning feet. Take a look at the things that can cause burning sensation in the feet. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Vitamin B12 deficiency

Nutritional deficiency has serious implications that should not be ignored. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that has a key role in several body processes, including the functioning of the nervous system. If you have a burning feet, it could be due to deficiency of Vitamin B12. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves. In this condition, peripheral nerves which transmit signals from the brain to the limbs get damaged. The nerves continue to transmit the signals of pain without any injury, but can cause a complication such as burning feet. (Image source:Gettyimages)


The imbalance of thyroid hormones can take a toll on several processes in the body. It can affect blood flow and as a result you can experience swelling due to water retention.The pressure may then get exerted by the accumulated fluid on the nerves causing burning sensation in the feet. (Image source:Gettyimages)


Owing to inflammation of the blood vessels (referred to as vasculitis), blood circulation may get affected.  When the legs do not receive a normal flow of blood, there could be burning sensation in the feet. (Image source:Gettyimages)


High blood pressure is another condition that interferes with blood circulation that can cause burning feet. Besides burning sensation in the feet, the condition decreases pulse rate in the feet. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Toxin Accumulation

An overdose of vitamin supplements (mainly vitamin B6) or heavy metal poisoning can damage the peripheral nerves and blood vessels. This can be one of the reasons for pain and swelling in the feet. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Infectious Diseases

One of the complications of infectious diseases is burning feet.  HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease and Guillain-Barre syndrome are some infectious diseases that may give you feet problems. (Image source:Gettyimages)

When to Seek Medical Help

You should rush to a doctor immediately if the burning sensation comes on suddenly after an exposure to any toxic substance. The same holds true if you have tried self-care for several weeks, but burning seems to become intense, more painful or you lose feeling in your toes and feet. (Image source:Gettyimages)


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