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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:

  • Rest the legs.
  • Elevate the legs.
  • Apply cold therapy.
  • Take aspirin (650mg to 1mg, 4 times a day).
  • Your doctor may also prescribe oral
    vasoconstrictor medications.

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 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.

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