Foot Pain

Burning feet or pins and needles in your feet can be a sign of quite a number of different problems.

I started with this problem about four to five weeks ago. My right foot would burn like mad, but only at night time and when I went to bed. No pain just this burning feeling and sometimes a bit of cramp that would keep me awake at night.

When I looked online most sites like Web MD and  Foot Vitals  say –

‘Most often, neuropathy is the cause of burning feet. Damaged nerve fibers are more likely to become overactive and misfire. The damaged nerves send pain signals to the brain even though there is no wound or injury.

In most people with neuropathy, the leg nerves become damaged first. These people often have tingling and numbness in the feet as well. Many people complain that their feet are overly sensitive to touch (hyperesthesia) and can have varying degrees of burning pain. It can range from mild to disabling.’

Common causes of paresthesia include:

  • Overuse
  • Obesity
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Gout
  • Trauma
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Neuroma
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Diabetes
  • Exposure to toxins or chemicals
  • Contact Dermatitis

With a list as long as this I decided that maybe a trip to my GP was in order. She immediately said that she was pretty convinced it was nerve irritation from my back and to increase my Amytriptyline over the next four weeks.

After a few days of the increase it is definitely not as bad so fingers crossed it should settle down soon.


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