Burning feet that occurs infrequently or for a short time may simply occur because your feet are tired or you have an irritation such as athlete's foot. Persistent or progressive burning feet, however, can be a symptom of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), perhaps due to diabetes, chronic alcohol use, exposure to certain toxins, certain B vitamin deficiencies or HIV.

Possible causes of burning feet:

  1. Alcoholism or chronic alcohol use
  2. Athlete's foot
  3. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (a group of hereditary disorders that affects the nerves in your arms and legs)
  4. Chemotherapy
  5. Chronic kidney disease
  6. Complex regional pain syndrome (chronic pain due to a dysfunctional nervous system)
  7. Diabetic neuropathy (diabetes-related nerve damage)
  8. HIV/AIDS
  9. Hypothyroidism (a thyroid disorder)
  10. Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  11. Vitamin deficiency anemia

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Apr. 08, 2014