What Causes a Burning Sensation in the Foot?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What causes a painful burning sensation in the ball of the foot?

Doctor's response

There are a number of possible causes of such burning symptoms in the ball of the foot.  These include scar tissue around the nerve of sensation (a neuroma), tarsal tunnel syndrome, arthritis of the joints of the ball of the foot, foreign material stuck into the bottom of the foot (such as a small thorn), and insect stings.

Medical Author: William Shiel, MD, FACP, FACR

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018