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What conditions could cause a burning sensation in the legs and feet?

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Diabetes, arachnoiditis and peripheral arterial disease could cause burning sensations in the legs and feet. Morton's neuroma patients experience such sensations as well, reports Medical News Today. Other symptoms that accompany the tingling sensation are dependent on the condition.

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Diabetics are prone to a burning sensation, owing to their glucose intolerance. Diabetes leads to the dysfunction of nerves, commonly referred to as neuropathy, which occurs gradually; a tingling sensation in feet is a symptom of diabetic neuropathy, explains Mayo Clinic.

Arachnoiditis is a condition that occurs due to inflammation of a membrane that protects the spinal cord’s nerves, reports WebMD. Its symptoms include tingling in the legs, uncontrollable twitching and sensations akin to the trickle of water down the feet. Bacterial infections and spinal injury are some of the causes of the condition.

Peripheral arterial disease causes arteries to narrow and harden, which constricts blood flow, notes the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The disease causes muscle discomfort, pain and tingling in feet or toes with varying severity among patients.

Morton's neuroma is a non-cancerous tissue growth in the foot that occurs due to thickening of tissues surrounding the toes, leading to sharp pain and a burning sensation in the feet that radiates to the toes. The condition affects one foot, except in isolated cases when it affects both feet. The tingling sensation does not have a long-term effect on the patient, according to Medical News Today.

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