A burning sensation is a type of pain that’s distinct from dull, stabbing, or aching pain and is often related to nerve problems. However, there are many other possible causes. Injuries, infections, and autoimmune disorders have the potential to trigger nerve pain, and in some cases cause nerve damage.
A burning sensation in your feet and legs are symptoms often associated with the following conditions:
Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
A bunion is a visible bump at the side of the big toe or at the base of the little toe.
Charcot foot is a foot deformity that results from nerve damage in the foot or ankle.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition and is considered a medical emergency. It occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by diabetes. When it affects the arms, hands, legs, and feet, it is known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Foot Compartment Syndrome
Compartment syndrome occurs when excessive pressure builds up inside an enclosed muscle space in your body.
Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your ankles and feet.
Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause a sensation of sudden burning, stiffness, and swelling in the affected joint (usually the big toe).
Morton’s neuroma is a painful thickening of nerve tissue that affects the ball of your foot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes.
Peroneal Tendon Injuries
A tendon is a band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. The two peroneal tendons in the foot run side by side behind the outer ankle bone.