Q: What causes burning sensation under the feet in the elderly?
A: People 45 years or older may be more likely to have this and it shows up during activity or even at night making sleep difficult. It may be temporary or permanent depending on the cause.
Some causes of this sensation include:
Peripheral neuropathy: This is a situation where peripheral nerves (a network of nerves which connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body) are damaged with resultant symptoms like tingling or burning sensations. Diabetes Mellitus is a common cause of this problem
Menopause: The hormonal changes in menopause may lead to the feeling of ‘heat’ in the feet etc
Other conditions that could cause this include vitamin deficiency, alcohol abuse, kidney or liver problems, HIV/AIDS, low thyroid hormone levels, heavy metal posioning etc.
The treatment, of course, would depend on the cause. So, please…
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