Burning of the feet can be cause due to a number of factors. It is generally caused when the nerves are weak and prone to damage and weariness. People who have diabetes, nerve disorders, have a job involving standing for a long time and older people are prone to burning feet, even though the young are not entirely pated from it.
Burning feet can be particularly troublesome if you wear sweat absorbing shoes and if your feet are constantly under friction as well. Here are some home remedies that can be adopted to prevent and control burning feet.
Most cases of burning feet occur when the blood circulation to the feet is compromised. Therefore, good blood circulation all throughout the body is very essential in order to prevent nervous system disorders and also to prevent burning and tingling sensations of the limbs.
Exercising regularly to increase blood circulation in the body. Exercises like jogging, running etc. will help in increasing the blood circulation to the entire body and this will help prevent burning feet and also treat it when you have developed the symptoms. Walk around for a few minutes when you have burning feet. This will ease the symptoms.
Sweaty feet that is trapped inside synthetic shoes and also shoes, which are not the right size, too can lead to burning feet. This is why it is very important to keep the feet dry and well maintained to prevent burning.
Always ensure that you are wearing cotton socks, which can absorb sweat and make sure that you give your feet enough air circulation and space for movement when you buy shoes. This will help in preventing the occurrence of burning feet and also ease the symptoms if you already are troubled by them
Massaging is another great way to relieve the discomfort associated with burning feet. You may use a medicated ayurvedic oil for massaging your legs or just use ginger extract along with some warm olive oil for the massage.
Ensure that you massage in an upward stroke so that the blood circulation is increased and the burning sensation subsides. Massaging is one of the best ways by which you can control the symptoms of burning as well. Every day before going to bed and early morning, massage the soles of your feet for fifteen minutes. This will ensure that the feet are not starved for blood.
Vitamin B3, also known as niacin is known to be very helpful in treating burning feet. It strengthens the nerves and prevents the nerves from breaking under pressure.
Vitamin B 3 supplements can be taken in case it is necessary and the diet can be enriched with foods like whole grains. Peas, beans, milk, yoghurt, egg yolk etc. This will help in reducing the severity of the condition and treating it completely depending on how far damaged the nerves are.
A cold soak is sometimes recommended for treating burning feet. Application of cold water will help in cooling the feet and also masking the pain and discomfort. Take a bucket full of cold (not ice-cold) water and soak your feet in it for a few minutes.
The cool water will help cool your feet and this will reduce and finally take care of the burning sensation. Cooling constricts the blood vessels and hence must not be done for more than a few minutes as it can worsen the symptoms.
When you have burning feet and weak nerves, it is important to keep the feet protected from friction and also ensure maximum safety and protection to prevent the sensation from creeping up. When you choose shoes for your feet, remember to get shoes with soft and cushioned insoles.
This will protect your soles and prevent strain and friction that can exert pressure on the nerves and cause burning sensation. It is also recommended to avoid standing for long hours and wearing shoes for long hours as this can leave your feet moist and cause burning sensation.
Hawthorne is a herb that helps in increasing the blood circulation in the body and hence a wonderful treatment for burning legs. Hawthorne helps in dilating the blood vessels and aiding in proper flow of blood to the organs and feet.
Take one tablespoon of Hawthorne and add to a cup of boiling water. Steep for ten minutes and take once a day.
Thyme is another herb that can help in treating circulation problems. Using a foot soak made of thyme will help ease constricted blood vessels and this will relieve burning feet.
Thyme can be mixed with water and this water can be used as a hot and cold soak for your feet. Alternate between hot and cold soak for best results with thyme soak. Continue soaking your feet for twenty minutes every day in thyme soak to treat and prevent further occurrence of burning in your feet.
Walking barefoot on soft grass, sand or other organic and natural surroundings is known to give an effect of acupressure on your legs and increase blood circulation to the feet. When you have burning sensation, remove your footwear and walk through soft grass or sand for a few minutes.
This will soon ease the pain and discomfort and put you on to healing process. This cannot be attempted on rough, flat and hard surfaces like synthetic floorings etc. as the symptoms will be aggravated. Walking barefoot will also encourage good air circulation and dry your feet as well.
Ginger is a herb that increases blood circulation in the body. Taking a piece of ginger every day will ensure that your body has optimum blood circulation. Ginger can also be used for massaging on the feet for quick relief. Take a piece of ginger and extract the juice out of it.
Mix with some warm coconut, olive or vegetable oil and massage your feet and legs with this for ten to fifteen minutes every day. Ginger helps in heating your body and this will help in the rush of blood to all the limbs, preventing circulation issues.