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Neuropathy and Burning Feet

Experiencing a persistent burning sensation in your feet may indicate neuropathy has developed. The sensation of burning feet often results from nerve damage and is a common cause of this type of discomfort. While diabetes related neuropathy can be easily diagnosed, sudden or rapidly worsening unexplained burning sensations may necessitate comprehensive testing. Diagnostic measures include electromyography, or EMG, to assess muscle function, and nerve conduction studies to evaluate impulse transmission. In rare cases, a nerve biopsy may be conducted for microscopic examination. Laboratory tests such as blood, urine, or spinal fluid analysis may also help to identify underlying causes, such as vitamin E deficiency or uremia. Tailoring treatment for burning feet to the underlying cause is essential.  For diabetic patients, treatment involves blood sugar control, insulin, diet changes, and oral medication. Alcohol induced neuropathy requires abstinence for nerve recovery. Chronic kidney failure may necessitate dialysis, and hypothyroidism calls for synthetic thyroid hormones. If you suspect neuropathy may be the cause of burning feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who is trained to manage foot conditions that stem from neuropathy.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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