It is not easy to ignore a burning or tingling sensation in your feet and it is something that should not be ignored.
The first culprit that comes to mind when dealing with a “burning” sensation is usually Athlete’s foot. This condition also comes along with a red, scaly and itchy rash. It is a good idea to call our office to schedule an appointment with one of experienced podiatrists, if you are facing intense pain and you are unable to fix the situation using home remedies.
In some cases, it is possible to experience a tingling sensation accompanied by a burning feeling without any other symptoms. These symptoms can persist and make you uncomfortable especially when wearing or taking off socks or when your foot brush against the bedsheet.
These symptoms can also be present because of nerve damage or diabetes. You should not wait for these symptoms to go away on their own and our highly qualified diabetic foot doctors can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to help you with your foot pain.
Tingling and Burning Pain Caused by Nerves or Diabetes
There are two main parts of the human nervous system: the central nervous system that includes our brain and spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system. Different types of signals are received by the brain with the help of a web of peripheral nerves that run throughout our body. We feel pain, the degree of our surrounding temperature and touch because of these signals.
We feel normal sensations when the peripheral nerves are working normally. The abnormal sensations of tingling, pain, numbness or burning can be caused because of damaged or distressed nerves as its normal function is impaired. This situation is very relatable to a damaged wire.
In medical terms, this condition is called peripheral neuropathy. Several factors can cause this condition. Some of these are mentioned below:
Many nerves can move freely within a specific area. Consequently, these nerves can get tangled with a bone, scar tissue, muscle or some other solid spot and the resulting distress can cause burning or tingling sensations. It is very common to experience such a condition in the tarsal tunnel area of the feet near the ankle.
The circulation of blood can be affected because of nerve damage caused by diabetes. It is critical to make an appointment with our podiatrists who treat diabetic patients on a regular basis, if you are a diabetic and are dealing with abnormal sensations in your feet.
Drugs and Medication
Chemotherapy and different types of medication can cause neuropathy. Alcohol abuse can also cause nerve damage.
Nerve Trauma and Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Some injuries can cause long term damage to nerves and effects can last even if the injured area itself is healed. Trapped nerves in a scar tissue are damaged, can also produce similar condition.
Peripheral neuropathy is a common occurrence in the feet because of the following reasons.
The circulation of blood is weak in the feet as compared to the other parts of the body because of the larger distance from the heart and the added pull of gravity. If the blood circulation is affected, the feet are the first to experience the change.
The feet undergo a heavier impact on a daily basis which makes them more vulnerable to injuries and consequently nerve damage.
Treatment by a Podiatrist who Specializes in Diabetes
A proper examination by a diabetic foot doctor is required in order to address nerve pain so that the underlying problem can be fixed. This why the treatment plan is developed after a thorough examination.
The main objective is to help relieve the pain while trying to reverse or slow down any further nerve damage.
Below are some of the treatment methodologies that are used for the treatment.
- Treatment using steroids
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Changes in daily routines and footwear
- Pain relief and regenerative nerve stimulation using laser therapy
- Pressure reduction using custom orthotics
In some cases, surgery can be the more effective option as compared to the traditional remedies. A compressed nerve is a good example that requires surgery to be fixed.
Let Us Help You with Your Nerve Pain and Diabetic Foot Care
No matter the reason behind the unpleasant sensations of burning, our experienced podiatrists who specialize in diabetic foot care can examine and treat your condition so you can get back to your normal lifestyle as soon as possible.