Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

The toe is one of the busiest parts of the body. It not only bears the weight of the body but also helps an individual maintain balance when standing. There ar times, especially when an individual walks for a prolonged period of time or stand for a long period of time he or she may feel a burning sensation in the toe.

Why Do I Have A Burning Sensation In My Toe?

Why Do I Have A Burning Sensation In My Toe?

A burning sensation in the toe is quite a common problem and it may occur in individual irrespective of age. The severity of the sensation is variable and ranges from mild to severe in intensity. Normally, a burning sensation in the toe occurs as a result of a nerve dysfunction, especially when the burning is associated with altered sensation in the toe. Individuals dealing with diabetes or abuse alcohol are more prone to burning in the toe as a result of a nerve dysfunction. At times, vitamin deficiencies or deficiency in folic acid may also cause a burning sensation in the toe.

Some of the common causes for a burning sensation in the toe are:

Trauma: A traumatic event affecting the foot may cause burning in the toe. This may happen when the foot is hit by a hard object such as heavy furniture. A fracture of the foot as a result of an accident or injury can also cause a burning sensation in the toe. Repetitive stress injury in the form of excessive sprinting or running may also cause a burning sensation in the toe.

Burning Injury: If the foot or the toe gets burned for any reason then it may result in a prolonged burning sensation in the toe long after the burn injury has healed. The heat caused due to the burn injury causes blisters which causes the burning sensation in the toe. Similarly, if the toes are exposed to extreme cold weather then it may also cause blisters leading to burning sensation in the toes.

Circulation Problems: Burning in the toe may also be as a result of dysfunction of the circulatory system. Individuals with diabetes or who are obese may be predisposed to circulatory system dysfunction causing burning sensation in the toe. Blockage in the arteries in the heart may also be a cause for circulatory dysfunction causing burning sensation in the toe.

Nerve Damage: Nerve damage or neuropathy is yet another cause for burning sensation in the toes. Trauma, accidents, or surgical procedures in the foot region may damage the nerves causing burning sensation in the toe.

Infection: This is yet another cause for burning sensation in the toes. Infectious diseases like Athletes Foot and other bacterial or fungal infections may cause burning sensation in the toe.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: September 27, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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