burning foot syndrome

Burning feet syndrome (also called Grierson-Gopalan syndrome) can occur as an isolated symptom or as part of a symptom complex in a variety of clinical settings. It  is a common complaint among many groups of people, most commonly in the older group over 50 years of age.

Symptoms of Burning Foot Syndrome

The most common symptoms are burning, stinging, redness and swelling. Most times, the only symptoms present are burning and stinging feet.


Some common causes of burning foot is neuropathy. Neuropathy causes damaged nerve fibers to become overactive and misfire. The damaged nerves send pain signals to the brain even though there is no wound.

Besides neuropathy, infections and inflammation of the feet can also cause a burning sensation. The most common of these is athlete’s foot, an infection of the skin caused by fungus.

Other causes are:

  • ingestion of alcohol over a long period of time
  • irritating fabrics
  • fungal infections
  • poorly fitted shoes
  • blood disorders
  • nerve damage in the legs
  • kidney failure
  • liver damage
  • thyroid dysfunction
  • complications of diabetes
  • gastric restriction in morbid obesity

Is Burning Foot Syndrome serious?

Yes. Burning foot syndrome can be a symptom of another more serious condition.

Treatment options?

Treatments will depend on the cause. Most  treatments focus on preventing further nerve damage and reducing pain. Your doctor will take x-rays, MRI, and blood tests to determine what caused it before prescribing a treatment. The most common treatments are:

  • magnetic therapy insoles
  • topical cream
  • buy shoes and socks that have adequate ventilation
  • antibiotics for fungal infection
  • reduce alcohol and smoking consumption