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What to Do When Your Feet Are Burning

The sensation that your feet are uncomfortably hot and painful is commonly known as BFS, or burning feet syndrome. It is more common in the elderly, and the sensation is especially active at night. BFS can target both the sole and the top of your feet, as well as your ankles and legs. One of the main causes of BFS is diabetes, but others include heavy alcohol use, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (damage to peripheral nerves), and tarsal tunnel syndrome (nerve damage in the ankle). Depending on the underlying cause and the seriousness of the ailment, several home remedies may help. Among them are soaking your feet in cold water, in warm water with Epsom salts, or in apple cider vinegar; taking fish oil supplements; massaging with ginger oil; and applying numbing creams or patches to the affected area. A note of caution: If you are experiencing continuous burning feet syndrome, it is a good idea to visit a podiatrist who can assess the severity of your condition and offer further treatment options.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Gary Cockrell, DPM from Tennessee. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Brentwood and Madison, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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