Feet on Fire?
Feet on Fire?
By Dr. Suzanne Levine
What makes the bottoms of your feet feel like they are on fire?
There are several things that can make your soles burn and sting, including:
Your shoes Non-porous, typically man-made, inner soles can be one cause of burning feet while leather, suede, or plain, old cotton canvas usually don’t cause this sort of problem. However, wearing shoes of any kind without socks increases the risk of burning soles because cotton socks or others made of absorbent material provide a barrier that soaks up perspiration and decreases friction; alternatively, the burning may result from poorly fitting shoes because friction abrades the outer layers of skin, even causing blistering.
Poorly fitting shoes can be either too small or too large. Shoes that are too large permit your foot to move around, which increases friction. (They can also make you less stable on your feet, which increase your risk of an injury like a twisted ankle.) If your shoes are too large, replace them, but in the meantime try wearing one or two pairs of thicker socks. Shoes that are too small confine your foot in an unnatural position. They decrease circulation, constrict the foot, and decrease your foots normal flexibility, taking the bounce out of your step.
There is a lot of truth to the adage that few things feel better than taking off your too tight Natural aging process also play a role in making your feet feel like they’re scorching. The fat pads on your soles provide cushioning, but with each passing birthday they tend to become thinner. As this protective cushioning on your feet decreases, the pressure on the bones and nerves in this area (the plantar surface) increases. Fat is also important when it comes to controlling friction, so the less fat you have, the hotter your feet get.
Pillows For Your Feet ®: This is a wonderful adjunct to all of the above procedures to cushion the plantar surface of the skin under the neuroma and ensure more comfort for the long term. Here, FDA-approved filling agents, which are used for smoothing lines and wrinkles on the face – like Sculptra® (which is poly-L-lactic acid) or Radiesse® (calcium hydroxyapatite) – are injected into the ball of the foot. Results are immediate and the cushioning you feel is somewhat like walking on plush carpet. Since the filler material breaks down over time, you need injections about every three to nine months.
Each procedure takes about 30 minutes. After this, you walk out of the office and feel extra cushioning immediately. By having a podiatrist pad the ball of your foot with an injectable filler, you can help to prevent neuromas by avoiding the pressure under the metatarsal heads. This, in turn, prevents trauma to the plantar musculature and tissue of the foot and therefore reduces the chance of an inflamed nerve, or neuroma, forming in the first place. Consulting your podiatrist is crucial to determine the most appropriate procedure for you. All risks, benefits and associations with your lifestyle must be taken into account. The solution is not just to treat the problem, but also to figure out why the problem is occurring in the first place.