Why Do My Feet Feel So Hot?


Having the feeling that your feet are burning can range from a minor sensation that doesn’t cause much discomfort to a more pronounced sense of heat that is often combined with numbness and tingling. Hot feet can be caused by something as simple as a skin infection that is created by athlete’s foot fungus, but it can also be a sign of a systemic issue like diabetes or peripheral artery disease.

Since diagnosing the precise cause of burning feet can often require blood work and nerve conduction studies you will need to see your foot doctor for an evaluation if the problem continues. 

The sensation of having burning feet can be caused by many conditions including the following:

  • Nerve compression from injury or disease

  • Athlete’s foot fungus infection

  • Kidney and liver problems

  • Circulation abnormalities

  • Tarsal tunnel trouble

  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies

  • Thyroid conditions

  • Diabetes complications Alcohol abuse

  • Exposure to toxic chemicals

  • Complications from tick borne illnesses like Lyme disease

  • Chemotherapy side effects and cause burning and tingling sensations

If you have a new or recurrent burning sensation in your feet that doesn’t dissipate after a few hours—or days at the most—it could be a serious problem. It’s even possible that the sensation could spread and that you could permanently lose feeling in your extremities.

If your feet feel like they are burning, see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis and proper treatment. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg,  E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions. With advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.