Burning sensation in the feet in the evening and at night24.05.2022
Unpleasant sensation of heat in the feet is a fairly common phenomenon that occurs in 30% of women and 20% of men. As a rule, this indicates health problems, and from very harmless to quite serious, requiring immediate treatment.
What can cause burning in the feet
Most often, the legs “burn with fire” from improperly selected shoes. In women, as a rule, heels become the culprits of burning, in men – narrow noses and flat soles. High heels provoke an uneven distribution of weight: instead of a physiological load on the entire foot, body weight is localized in a very small area – the toes and the toe of the foot. As a result, joint deformity and various pain sensations occur. In men, narrow shoes compress the forefoot, also leading to deformity of the joints and toes.
Shoes with flat soles do not provide proper shock absorption of the foot, so the foot takes on all the shock loads, which leads to unpleasant and painful sensations.
What if it’s not the shoes?
Burning sensation in the legs can occur for a variety of reasons. We list the most common of them.
- Prolonged exposure to an uncomfortable position or prolonged walking.
- Allergic reactions to foot care products, hosiery components.
- Fungal infection of the skin.
- Flat feet, in which the arch of the foot flattens and the weight of the body is distributed unevenly.
- Second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
- Lack of trace elements and vitamins (for example, folic acid).
- Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue that connects the heel and toes. With such inflammation, the feet do not just burn with fire, swelling, pain, and fever can join this symptom.
If a burning sensation is noted between the 3rd and 4th toes, then we can assume such a pathology as Morton’s neuroma – compression of the nerve endings in the forefoot.
A sign of what diseases is burning in the feet
Burning in the legs can also indicate the presence of a serious chronic disease.
- Vascular pathologies associated with thinning of the walls of blood vessels impair blood flow in the legs, which causes the feet to burn in the evening and at night.
- Diabetes mellitus negatively affects the walls of blood vessels: a violation of trophism (nutrition and metabolism) provokes burning and pain in the feet.
- Atherosclerosis (blockage and narrowing of blood vessels).
- Arthrosis and arthritis.
- Gout (excess uric acid in the blood is a symptom of kidney disease).
- Hypothyroidism (decreased concentration of thyroid hormones).
Additional signs of disease
In cardiovascular diseases and diseases of the veins, burning in the feet is accompanied by shortness of breath, a change in skin color to cyanotic or grayish. On the legs appear “mesh”, “asterisks” and small hematomas, swelling. Decreased foot sensitivity.
With diabetes, the skin becomes dry, in addition to burning, itching is noted. Appetite increases, urination becomes more frequent, weakness and cramps appear in the calves.
Fungal lesions are accompanied by a change in the color and thickness of the skin, dryness, peeling, itching, cracking, sometimes weeping and inflammation.
If the burning sensation in the feet is limited to a certain area
If the focus of burning in the feet is localized at certain points, neurological problems can be suspected. Burning sensation in the feet and legs may indicate a hernia of the sacro-lumbar spine. A burning sensation in both feet when walking is most often a sign of diseases of the joints or blood vessels. Ignoring the symptoms or self-medicating means only one thing: you will not eliminate the cause of the pathology, but only complicate the diagnosis of the disease and subsequent treatment.
What is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
The feeling of burning, tingling or crawling at rest, noted in one or both legs in the evening and at night, which disappears when moving the legs, is called restless legs syndrome. It is most often seen in older women.
The cause of RLS can be heredity, pregnancy, deficiency of B vitamins (especially B12) and folic acid. In addition, RLS is observed with iron deficiency anemia, with certain neurological diseases, and with certain medications.
Restless leg syndrome itself is not a health threat. But it can be a manifestation of the disease and is the reason for going to the doctor.
As you can see, the fever in the feet, which is becoming a frequent occurrence, is a reason to see a doctor, since it can be a symptom of various diseases and pathologies. Do not ignore this phenomenon: having understood its causes, the doctor will select the appropriate treatment and help you solve this unpleasant problem.
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