While fatigue or a skin infection can cause temporarily burning or inflamed feet, burning feet are most often a sign of nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). Nerve damage has many different causes, including diabetes, chronic alcohol use, exposure to certain toxins, certain B vitamin deficiencies or HIV infection.

Possible causes of burning feet:

  1. Alcohol use disorder
  2. Athlete's foot
  3. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  4. Chemotherapy
  5. Chronic kidney disease
  6. Complex regional pain syndrome (chronic pain due to a dysfunctional nervous system)
  7. Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage caused by diabetes)
  8. HIV/AIDS
  9. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  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.

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Jan. 11, 2018