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Is there a link between diabetes and burning feet?

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There is a link between burning feet and diabetes. Nerve damage from diabetes is one of the most common causes of a burning sensation in the feet, although other medical conditions, such as chronic kidney disease, alcoholism, AIDS and sarcoidosis, may also cause a burning sensation, states WebMD.

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Neuropathy is nerve damage causing pain, hyperactivity and misfiring of the damaged nerve fibers in patients with diabetes. With diabetes, patients experience these symptoms in the legs. A patient experiences pain from damaged nerves sending false signals to the brain that there is a wound or injury in the area where the pain is felt. Usually, patients with diabetes experience painful sensations in the legs first, followed by tingling and numbing of the foot. Hyperesthesia is a mild to disabling burning sensation making the feet very sensitive to touch, as well, according to WebMD.

Besides neuropathy associated with diabetes, other common conditions, such as athlete’s foot or peripheral artery disease, as well as gastric bypass surgery, may trigger burning sensations in the feet. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin that causes a burning sensation. Peripheral artery disease is insufficient blood circulation to the feet. Symptoms, such as pain, burning feet and a tingling sensation, occur while walking. Within a few months after gastric bypass surgery, patients may experience burning feet while the body fails to sufficiently absorb B vitamin, states WebMD.

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