Hot Feet

FootSmart Health Facts from The Podiatry Institute 
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Feet may "feel hot" or they may actually be hot depending on the causes of your particular symptoms, which can include the following:

  • Burning pain
  • Red, warm or hot feet
  • Sweating of the feet
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment:
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Erythromelalgia is a rare syndrome characterized by the dilation (opening up) of blood vessels, accompanied by burning pain, increased skin temperature and redness of the feet. Warm temperatures usually trigger this condition, but here are some tips for treatment and prevention:

Peripheral nerve compression can result in intermittent or constant burning pain in the feet. Reduce compression to the nerves if possible:

  • Do not cross your legs or ankles.
  • Do not wear tight pantyhose.
  • Immediately treat any back and hip injuries,
    which affect the nerves in the legs.

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the feet) and chronic athlete's foot can also cause your feet to itch and burn – especially after an
athletic workout.

  • Anti-perspirants (for hyperhidrosis) and anti-fungal creams (for athlete's foot) are good treatment options.

Diabetic Neuropathy causes burning in the feet, along with the following:

  • Diminished sensation and the inability to feel pain
  • Numbess
  • Tingling in the toes
  • Increased sensitivity to pain

This information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions is provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on musculoskeletal health. The Podiatry Institute does not endorse a specific treatment, product, or therapy. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your health care provider on all matters relating to this or any other condition that may affect your health.

This information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions is reviewed by the Running Injury Clinic, as well as The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on musculoskeletal health. The Running Injury Clinic and The Podiatry Institute do not endorse a specific treatment, product or therapy. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While the products are designed to help relieve symptoms of your ailments, they may not be a cure and will not provide the same results for everyone. Please consult your health care provider on all matters relating to this or any other condition that may affect your health.