Numbness and a burning sensation can develop in the feet for a number of reasons. Common podiatry problems like fungal infections (the most common being athlete’s foot) and inflammation can be at the root of burning on the feet and between the toes. Poor circulation to the feet (peripheral artery disease) can also cause a burning sensation to the lower extremities. In most cases, burning feet indicate a nerve condition in the legs and feet known as neuropathy. Contact a podiatrist if you are experiencing unexplained burning or numbness that does not resolve within a few days.
Neuropathy Diagnosis and Treatment in Caledonia
Nerve damage (neuropathy) in the legs and feet is a common side effect of diabetes. David Mansky, DPM PC, a Caledonia, MI, based podiatrist, advises diabetic patients to schedule regular appointments for basic foot care, and to monitor the feet and toenails for any signs of sores or infections. Elevated blood sugar levels can damage nerve fibers, making diabetics more susceptible to neuropathy and related foot problems.
Also known as peripheral neuropathy, other symptoms of the condition include:
- Pain, tingling, and cramps
- Numbness, inability to feel changes in temperature or pain
- Muscle laxity, loss of balance and coordination
- Bone and joint pain
Other potential causes of neuropathy in the lower extremities include:
- Alcohol abuse
- Uremia (kidney disease)
- Deficiencies of essential vitamins like folate and B12
- Lyme disease
- Side effect of certain medications
Find a Podiatrist in Caledonia
Persistent numbness in the feet and legs can be a sign of a serious health problem or complication, especially for men and women suffering from diabetes. If you are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy or other foot and ankle disorders, contact the Caledonia office of Dr. David W. Mansky by calling (616) 891-2577 to schedule an appointment today.