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Burning feet
Jan 26, 2004
I have asked this of even Drs and they give me no definite answer.
I am a polio survivor,72, have high bp, and diabetes is in the family so it worries me.If I sit too long at the pc, or when I go to bed my feet burn and there are red along the sides and on the toes, sometimes toes feel a bit numb.if I put my feet outside the covers seems like the coolness helps. They also itch sometimes.
I have had many blood tests done they claim no diabetes, but have never had the glucose test done. any ideas?thank you,akjoha
Re: Burning feet
Jan 30, 2004
I am going to try to answer everyone's questions if I can! as it really sucks if noone responds and you're really concerned

my uninformed opinion/wild guess is that maybe you have a circulation problem in your legs? since it happens when you change postures, so maybe the veins in your legs aren't draining well. This can happen if you don't (or can't) contract your calf muscles (like long airplane ride, or maybe related to your polio?).
You can try support hose, use a footstand at the computer, make sure you take breaks at the computer to walk or flex your ankles and feet every now and then, and use a small wedge to elevate your feet at night in bed?

If your many blood tests (presumably with resting blood glucose levels) were always normal, you probably don't need a specialized fasting glucose test, as you likely do not have significant diabetes
Re: Burning feet
Jan 30, 2004
[QUOTE=sweetficus]I am going to try to answer everyone's questions if I can! as it really sucks if noone responds and you're really concerned

my uninformed opinion/wild guess is that maybe you have a circulation problem in your legs? since it happens when you change postures, so maybe the veins in your legs aren't draining well. This can happen if you don't (or can't) contract your calf muscles (like long airplane ride, or maybe related to your polio?).
You can try support hose, use a footstand at the computer, make sure you take breaks at the computer to walk or flex your ankles and feet every now and then, and use a small wedge to elevate your feet at night in bed?

If your many blood tests (presumably with resting blood glucose levels) were always normal, you probably don't need a specialized fasting glucose test, as you likely do not have significant diabetes[/QUOTE]


Thank you!I just assumed know one had burning feet!lol!
I would think too it is circulation as there are many small arteries in the feet!
Before my heart attack they were worse and had mentioned in the hospital but got no real answer.It seems like if I put them outside the covers they feel better with the cool air! I am wondering if there is a cream that is cooling one could apply! I have had different people with dibetes say their feet gave them alot of trouble so makes one concerned.
Re: Burning feet
Feb 2, 2004
I think the above poster may be closer on the mark concerning your situation than I am...
I have burning feet all the time, more so when I have pressure on them...but it's neurological in my case. Have you asked to see a neurologist, given your polio exposure? Just a thought.
Take care of yourself.
Re: Burning feet
Feb 2, 2004
[QUOTE=QOD]I think the above poster may be closer on the mark concerning your situation than I am...
I have burning feet all the time, more so when I have pressure on them...but it's neurological in my case. Have you asked to see a neurologist, given your polio exposure? Just a thought.
Take care of yourself.[/QUOTE]

No I never asked about that! it is difficult with my HMO and specialists have a large price tag attached.
Your post interested me as to what was done to find the cause for you?
With me it seems too that with covers on my feet at night makes it worse and there is always red along the sides of my feet, cant see the bottoms to know . I know that polio affects the brain stem but to this day have no idea where the records are from back in the 30,s.Guess at my age I should start searching before it is too late!thank you!
Re: Burning feet
Feb 2, 2004
I just looked this up - there is a neurological syndrome called RSD - I think it stands for reflex sympathetic dystrophy - that is unusual sensation, like burning or pain, in the hands and feet, that can be caused by all sorts of things. If an underlying cause can be identified and treated, that's good, but I think often it is unknown reason and can only treat symptoms palliatively.
Re: Burning feet
Feb 3, 2004
[QUOTE=sweetficus]I just looked this up - there is a neurological syndrome called RSD - I think it stands for reflex sympathetic dystrophy - that is unusual sensation, like burning or pain, in the hands and feet, that can be caused by all sorts of things. If an underlying cause can be identified and treated, that's good, but I think often it is unknown reason and can only treat symptoms palliatively.[/QUOTE]

I doubt it's RSD. RSD is the result of surgery or an accident, etc. Only a specialist would know though.

I have burning in my feet too, mine is from neuromas and fasciitis (from years on the stairmaster). You could have TTS, low on B12, etc.

Have you seen a podiatrist?





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