Burning feet is a condition that causes severe burning, aching, tingling and prickling sensation and vasomotor changes of the feet that lead to excessive sweating. This condition occurs more frequently in women. The treatment of burning feet depends on the etiology.
What are the causes of Burning Feet?
- Small Fiber Sensory Neuropathy (SFSN)
- Heavy consumption of alcohol
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Athlete’s foot
- Underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
Burning Feet according to Ayurveda:
In Ayurveda, this condition is known as Padadaha. Padadaha is explained under Vata Vyadhi Adhyaya (neurological disorders) in Ayurveda. It is associated with the imbalance of Pitta and Rakt Doshas.
This condition can also be categorized under Pittaj nanatmaja vyadhi (ailments caused due to imbalance of Pitta dosha).
The symptoms such as tingling sensation and superficial tenderness indicate the involvement of Rakta in Samprapti (pathogensis).
What is the Ayurvedic treatment of Burning Feet?
Ayurvedic treatment of burning feet includes pacification of vitiated doshas by prescribing both Bahairparimarjana chikitsa (external treatment) and Antahparimarjana chikitsa (internal treatment).
Top 7 Home Remedies for Burning Feet are:
- Cold Water: This is a simple remedy which can work in a wonderful way to treat burning feet. This can at least provide temporary relief in the symptoms of burning feet.
- Soak your feet in a bucket full of cold water.
- This is the most effective and simple remedy for burning feet and tingling sensation.
- You can use this remedy before going to bed as there are chances of symptoms getting more intense at night.
- Epsom Salt: Epsom salt helps in soothing the muscles and releases stress. It is mainly a compound derived from a crystal of Magnesium sulphate (MgSO4).
- It also helps in reducing pain and inflammation associated with burning feet.
- Epsom salt is beneficial because it is a rich source of magnesium. When the skin absorbs magnesium, it helps in reducing the effects of burning feet.
- Soak your feet in a bucket of water containing a handful of Epsom salt twice a day.
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Ginger is anti-inflammatory in nature and also helps in treating numerous problems including burning feet.
- Mix a spoonful of ginger juice in coconut oil and massage feet with this mixture for up to 20 minutes.
- It soothes the muscles and improves blood circulation as well.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar is quite useful in maintaining the pH balance and soothes pain and discomfort as well.
- Soak your feet in a bucket of hot water mixed with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar twice a day.
- Apple Cider Vinegar can be consumed internally by mixing 1 spoon in a glass of water and honey according to taste.
- Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric is a popular kitchen ingredient that has numerous medicinal properties.
- The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of turmeric help in treating burning feet effectively.
- Apply a smooth paste of turmeric and coconut oil in the feet.
- Turmeric milk can be taken internally. It is famous by the name ‘Golden Milk’.
- To prepare Golden Milk, add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon cow ghee in a glass of warm milk.
- Foot Massage: In Ayurveda, it is said that massage plays a vital role in increasing blood flow in the body.
- Therefore, if a person suffering from burning feet massages his feet, it improves the blood circulation and blood flow to the feet.
- Foot massage is also helpful for the people suffering from diabetic neuropathy.
- Coconut oil can be used for foot massage due to its cooling property.
- Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus): Shatavari is a coolant herb that can be taken internally for burning feet.
- Shatavari powder can be consumed with a cup of warm milk or it can be taken with fresh fruit juice as well.
Some single herbs useful in the treatment of Burning Feet are:
- Chandana (Santalum album)
- Usheera (Vitiver zizinoides)
- Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
- Draksha (Vitis vinifera)
- Dhanyaka (Coriandrum sativum)
- Bala (Sida cordifolia)
- Bhumyamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri)
In addition to Home Remedies, some changes in diet and lifestyle are also recommended. These are:
- Diet consisting of spicy foods, junk food, excess alcohol, excessive anger and jealousy can aggravate Pitta dosha and vitiate blood as well. So, these should be strictly avoided.
- Stay hydrated by drinking water at regular intervals.
- Stressful lifestyle can aggravate Vata dosha so it should be avoided.
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