Burning or hot feet is a common foot complaint among different groups, but it most commonly occurs in people over 50 years of age and in diabetics who will typically experience these sensations at night. There are numerous causes for this condition and while some may also encounter swelling and redness, more often than not, there are no physical signs or symptoms.
Causes For Hot Feet
In many cases, the reason our feet are hot is simply due to our core temperature being warmer, which allows more blood to flow down to our feet. This increase in blood flow can lead to our feet feeling noticeably warmer than what we are used to and frequently occurs more often in women, especially during menopause.
Other Causes May Include:
- Dampness combined with friction can lead to a burning sensation, so it’s important to buy shoes that let your feet breathe and socks that wick away moisture
- Being on your feet all day, being overweight or both
- Wearing inappropriate socks
- Athletes foot
- Allergy to sock or shoe material
- Chronic alcoholism
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Metal poisoning
- Neuroma (a trapped or compressed nerve)
- Blood or circulatory disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
The treatment of hot feet is often dependent on the cause of the problem. It is for this reason that having your feet checked by a podiatrist is important in order to correctly diagnose the complaint.
If you suffer from hot feet due to long standing days, overuse or obesity, a pair of well-fitting shoes with extra support is important. For some, orthotics may also help to reduce the added stress on your feet.
Other Treatment Options Include:
- Hot feet can be also be remedied by ensuring there is good airflow in your shoes.
- Creams or ointments with cooling properties such as menthol can help relieve symptoms
- Wear socks that wick moisture away from skin
- Bathe feet in cool water if needed
- Sleep with feet outside the covers at night if symptoms occur in the evening
- Avoid prolonged periods of standing or walking on hard surfaces
- Elevate feet whenever possible to assist with swelling
- Shock absorbing or well-cushioned insoles may make standing more tolerable
For Treatment Or Prevention Tips For Hot Feet, Contact Our Foot Experts At One Of Our Kirkland, Everett, Renton Or Redmond Locations.
Taking care of your feet is important to your overall health. In addition to following the above tips, be sure to see a podiatrist at the Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington located in Kirkland, Everett, Renton and Redmond if you’re dealing with foot pain or other foot problems. Call (425) 678-3877 or visit our contact page to get in touch.