So many people suffer from hot, painful, “pins and needles” sensations in the feet. These sensations can range from mild to severe, and may be acute (short term) or chronic (long term) in nature.

The causes of burning feet are numerous and varied, ranging from simple fatigue to more serious conditions such as a nerve damage or circulatory issues. Therefore, the underlying cause should be diagnosed as soon as possible to avoid long-term damage and morbidity.

Burning feet affects patients in all age groups, although patients over the age of 50 seem to go more often to the doctor’s office for it. Underlying systemic conditions such as diabetes, alcoholism, and nerve injuries to the back can cause neuropathy or loss of sensation in the feet, often causing the tips of the fingers and toes to feel as though they are burning. As a result of these underlying conditions, people who suffer from pins and needles syndrome can also have problems related to other parts of their bodies.

In addition to the tingling sensation, symptoms can sometimes include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Increased sweating
  • Dull ache
  • Increased sensation of temperature

If you are experiencing these additional symptoms, it could be a sign of a more serious condition, and you should seek medical attention from a podiatrist who specializes in neuropathy.

There are several reasons why people experience burning feet, and while some are inconsequential, others signify a more serious problem that requires immediate medical attention. Common causes include:

  • Overuse
  • Obesity
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Gout
  • Trauma
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Neuroma
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Numb or painful feet due to diabetes
  • Exposure to toxins or chemicals
  • Contact Dermatitis

Many people experience pins and needles at the end of a long day. This is particularly true for people who are overweight and spend long periods of time on their feet. This condition can sometimes interfere with sleep, which is a more serious problem. Circulatory conditions and nerve disorders such as neuropathy can also cause burning feet.

If you experience burning, tingling, pins & needles sensations in your feet, contact Dr. Leff’s office to schedule an appointment.