Burning Feet syndrome

Posted by ndovu @ndovu, Mar 17, 2012

Hi everyone! Am 40yrs man in Africa – Country. Kenya. In 1993 aged 22 and in college, I developed burning feet. So hot have been my feet that I’ve not worn closed shoes all those yrs
All tests done over the yrs -,including blood sugar, pressure, vitamin test, nerve endings test etc. All have been negative. I’m generally healthy, with no major problem. I need anyone who has had such a problem and got help to help.

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Hi , i am a 45yrs old, In 1993 while in college my feet started feeling hot. (I would latter learn that it’s called burning feet syndrome ). So hot were my feet that i have not worn closed shoes since. Visits to various docs did not yield anything. A neurologist did some tests including nerve endings, vitamin tests, blood sugar but they were negative.
It’s only last yr that i was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
My feet are always so hot especially if i do manual work or walk some distance, that i have to step on cold floor or put them in cold water.
Has anyone had such a problem and is there anything that can be done?
I need to one day be able to wear closed shoes as i have not worn one for nearly a quarter of a century.

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@ndovu

Hi , i am a 45yrs old, In 1993 while in college my feet started feeling hot. (I would latter learn that it’s called burning feet syndrome ). So hot were my feet that i have not worn closed shoes since. Visits to various docs did not yield anything. A neurologist did some tests including nerve endings, vitamin tests, blood sugar but they were negative.
It’s only last yr that i was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
My feet are always so hot especially if i do manual work or walk some distance, that i have to step on cold floor or put them in cold water.
Has anyone had such a problem and is there anything that can be done?
I need to one day be able to wear closed shoes as i have not worn one for nearly a quarter of a century.

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Hi @ndovu, I’m sorry to hear that you are still suffering from burning feet syndrome since you first posted about it back in 2012. Has anything worked to help alleviate your symptoms over the past few years? Is your situation caused by any of the possible causes here http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/burning-feet/basics/causes/sym-20050809

You may be interested in joining the group of people talking about peripheral neuropathy here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/anyone-here-dealing-with-peripheral-neuropathy/

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@ndovu

Hi , i am a 45yrs old, In 1993 while in college my feet started feeling hot. (I would latter learn that it’s called burning feet syndrome ). So hot were my feet that i have not worn closed shoes since. Visits to various docs did not yield anything. A neurologist did some tests including nerve endings, vitamin tests, blood sugar but they were negative.
It’s only last yr that i was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
My feet are always so hot especially if i do manual work or walk some distance, that i have to step on cold floor or put them in cold water.
Has anyone had such a problem and is there anything that can be done?
I need to one day be able to wear closed shoes as i have not worn one for nearly a quarter of a century.

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My symptoms exactly. All of those tests also. Nothing. Attempts to block nerves through shots in back unsuccessful. Running out of ideas.

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@ndovu

Hi , i am a 45yrs old, In 1993 while in college my feet started feeling hot. (I would latter learn that it’s called burning feet syndrome ). So hot were my feet that i have not worn closed shoes since. Visits to various docs did not yield anything. A neurologist did some tests including nerve endings, vitamin tests, blood sugar but they were negative.
It’s only last yr that i was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
My feet are always so hot especially if i do manual work or walk some distance, that i have to step on cold floor or put them in cold water.
Has anyone had such a problem and is there anything that can be done?
I need to one day be able to wear closed shoes as i have not worn one for nearly a quarter of a century.

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Hi @skullborous, welcome to Connect. I’m bringing in other members of Connect into this discussion who have talked about burning feet related to a variety of causes. Please meet @jimhd @oldkarl@robertlclark @allegro @bookworm and @johnbishop

Skullborous, how do you relieve the burning feet, if only temporary? What specialists have you seen?

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Hi @skullborous, I would like to add my Welcome to Connect along with Colleen and others. I don’t have burning feet but do have numbness and tingling all the time. At times they can be really cold or very warm. I did find some interesting information just now that I was not aware of – “Burning Feet Syndrome affected up to one third of Far Eastern Prisoners of War in World War 2” – https://academic.oup.com/qjmed/article-abstract/110/3/131/2681817. I know that malnutrition was common with prisoners of war at the time so it would be interesting to find out if it could be related to some vitamin deficiency or something along that line.

John

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Very interesting. I will research this further. Good job finding this! I have no loss of feeling although slight tingling prior to the heat being turned up on them. Much worse in the evening. Usually a 3-4 hour period when most nights I am in either a bucket of cold water or ice wraps. Cold give immediate relief. Very puzzling ailment. My neuro workup reveled no neuropathy. Doppler US of veins normal, bone scan normal, slight elevation of my C-RP level on blood. Wish I at least had a direction of a system causing this. Very difficult to treat the matter being unable to figure the cause. Many thanks John.

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@ndovu

Hi , i am a 45yrs old, In 1993 while in college my feet started feeling hot. (I would latter learn that it’s called burning feet syndrome ). So hot were my feet that i have not worn closed shoes since. Visits to various docs did not yield anything. A neurologist did some tests including nerve endings, vitamin tests, blood sugar but they were negative.
It’s only last yr that i was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
My feet are always so hot especially if i do manual work or walk some distance, that i have to step on cold floor or put them in cold water.
Has anyone had such a problem and is there anything that can be done?
I need to one day be able to wear closed shoes as i have not worn one for nearly a quarter of a century.

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Greetings to all! Cold provides immediate relief, Ice wraps or a bucket of ice water are my friends. After a few minutes in the cold and removing them, the relief lasts for an hour before they gradually get to the point that I am back in the ice. I try to avoid doing this unless it gets bad as I notice a bit of a rebound effect if left in the cold too long. I have seen my internist, a podiatrist, neurologist, interventional radiologist (checking blood flow), a dermatologist, who prescribed a compounded cream with anesthetic agents in it, did not work. I had acupuncture for 2 months 3 times a week, nothing. A chiropractor the same frequency. Nothing. Finally went to an anesthesia group that specializes in pain issues. They did 2 nerve block shots near L2-3 in my back. Nothing. Then 4 epidural steroid shots in L5 S1 area. No positive effect. I am running out of options. I do not know what else to do. I have went after this hard, with all I have. With no results. Rather discouraged at this point.

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@skullborous I found another research type article that was very similar to what you are experiencing. The article “Cutaneous thermal thresholds in patients with painful burning feet.” is found here: http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/54/10/877.short. The link will get you the abstract. You have to click on the PDF symbol to read the full article.

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@skullborous

Very interesting. I will research this further. Good job finding this! I have no loss of feeling although slight tingling prior to the heat being turned up on them. Much worse in the evening. Usually a 3-4 hour period when most nights I am in either a bucket of cold water or ice wraps. Cold give immediate relief. Very puzzling ailment. My neuro workup reveled no neuropathy. Doppler US of veins normal, bone scan normal, slight elevation of my C-RP level on blood. Wish I at least had a direction of a system causing this. Very difficult to treat the matter being unable to figure the cause. Many thanks John.

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@skullborous I have burning feet all the time, and have had for years. However, in the last few months, the cream, Voltaren, has helped a little at times. I do not know why. It was prescribed by my PCP

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@skullborous

I have burning pain in my feet, as well, mostly in the balls of my feet, and my toes. I use Lidocaine cream at bedtime, so I can get to sleep. At first, I would define the feeling as either burning or freezing. It was hard to decide which one it was. I guess I should say that I’m fortunate that the pain is from peripheral neuropathy, and since I had a spinal cord stimulator implant in June, I’ve had around 80% pain relief! ! ! But they do hurt as much as ever if I walk very much or stand for long on a hard surface, or if I wear shoes that don’t cushion my feet enough. But burning foot syndrome is a new one to me. It sounds terribly painful and debilitating.

Does anything make it worse? There’s no position that lessens the burning? Karl mentioned Voltaren, which I use on my hands for arthritis pain, and it does help. Capzasin did nothing to the foot pain, nor did any med except Morphine. Does massaging your legs have any effect, good or bad? John Bishop is a great one to know where to find information, as is Justin McClanahan. I pray that you’ll find a remedy for the pain soon.

Jim

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@ndovu

I apologize for not including your name in this discussion, but I hope you’ve seen it and perhaps have learned about some options you hadn’t been aware of.

Are your feet feeling any better than they were when you last wrote? I hope so.

Jim

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@johnbishop

@skullborous I found another research type article that was very similar to what you are experiencing. The article “Cutaneous thermal thresholds in patients with painful burning feet.” is found here: http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/54/10/877.short. The link will get you the abstract. You have to click on the PDF symbol to read the full article.

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Read this, many thanks!

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@skullborous

Very interesting. I will research this further. Good job finding this! I have no loss of feeling although slight tingling prior to the heat being turned up on them. Much worse in the evening. Usually a 3-4 hour period when most nights I am in either a bucket of cold water or ice wraps. Cold give immediate relief. Very puzzling ailment. My neuro workup reveled no neuropathy. Doppler US of veins normal, bone scan normal, slight elevation of my C-RP level on blood. Wish I at least had a direction of a system causing this. Very difficult to treat the matter being unable to figure the cause. Many thanks John.

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I will try this, thank you. Seriously affecting my quality of life. Very frustrating as even with many tests I can get no diagnosis other than idiopathic burning foot syndrome. I don’t know the cause so treatment is not focused. Pain control is where I am now. My dermatologist wrote for a compounded cream with ketaprofen, and some other anesthetics. Another with ketamine. Neither did anything.

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@ndovu

Hi , i am a 45yrs old, In 1993 while in college my feet started feeling hot. (I would latter learn that it’s called burning feet syndrome ). So hot were my feet that i have not worn closed shoes since. Visits to various docs did not yield anything. A neurologist did some tests including nerve endings, vitamin tests, blood sugar but they were negative.
It’s only last yr that i was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
My feet are always so hot especially if i do manual work or walk some distance, that i have to step on cold floor or put them in cold water.
Has anyone had such a problem and is there anything that can be done?
I need to one day be able to wear closed shoes as i have not worn one for nearly a quarter of a century.

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An 80 year old woman in my senior residence has been taking gabapentin (3x 100) but is now having burning feet.

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Greetings all, has anyone had any experience with dmso? Basically it is a solvent that takes whatever is on the skin into it. Knowing this and having read some books on it awhile back I decided to try it with lidocaine on my burning feet. I apply lidocaine gel to the feet then using a latex glove rub in about 1/2 tsp of pharmaceutical grade dmso. It seems to be working. I had the least pain today that I have had in many months. You must be careful not to have anything on the skin where you use it as it will pull it into the skin and some will enter the bloodstream. I’m no doctor so check with yours before trying this. And get only pharmaceutical grade dmso. They make an industrial product that is not suitable. It must be pure and free if other chemicals. I ordered mine online. I am encouraged with this so far. There are lots of articles on dmso. It is used extensively in veterinarian medicine. Both topically and orally and injectable.

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