burning sole

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20/12/2002 at 14:55

i wonder if anyone can give me some advice re: why (and how i can treat) the sole of my feet burns after i have been running a little while?? i have worn every nameable type of socks and thick soled trainers etc but still my feet burn!!:o( i never used to wear socks when i was young and heated my feet near the fire and on hot water bottles....could that have ruined my circulation?!!:o\ HELP!!:¬O

cheers - ayesh x
20/12/2002 at 22:37

I don't think you can ruin your circulation . . . What exactly are you running in?
21/12/2002 at 09:02
Are we talking real burning - as in like with blistering, or just a burning sensation?

21/12/2002 at 11:34
Ayesh if it was your circulation then it would be your tootsies that were hurting , well more of an itchy tingly feeling really.

Perhaps wearing running shoes as well as socks would help ;)

Merry Christmas !!
23/12/2002 at 13:02
hey thanks guys for all your replies re: my burning sole!!:o)

i am new to this n this is pretty cool!!;o)

ok the thing is i wear mizuno n saucony running sneakers bought from specialist running shops (did tell them about my foot probs...they said i needed decent sneakers n socks, hence new pairs of sneakers n socks bought!!;o) but seriously, my feet do not blister just get really hot n burn like on fire....or like when you burn your skin and it hurts, kinda like that!? do you think i should see a foot specialist? any recommendations...podiatrist/chiropodists or reflexologists??:o
cheers!:o) ayesh x
23/12/2002 at 15:06
Sounds like a nerve sort of thing.
23/12/2002 at 19:09
Sorry - that wasn't very helpful! If the burning is under the ball of the foot then it's something that's been mentioned in quite a few posts. Something to do with Morton as I recall - Morton's Neuroma?

Something to do with having a second toe longer than the big one. Can't remember the details behind it, or the remedy. I'm sure it's not the only cause either.
23/12/2002 at 23:11
Not just a simple case of hot feet?

I've just sorted my central heating and it's got so hot in here my feet felt like they were on fire!
24/12/2002 at 16:05
Not that I'm bored or anything ....

Morton's Toe

Morton's Toe is a common forefoot disorder where the second toe is longer than the Big Toe (the Hallux).

Morton’s toe leads to excessive pressure on the second metatarsal head (behind the second toe at the ball- of-the-foot) resulting in pain similar to the discomfort associated with metatarsalgia. The constant pressure placed on the longer second toe while walking or standing can lead to callus formation under the second metatarsal head due to this excessive pressure.

Treatment & Prevention
Proper treatment of Morton's Toe starts with selecting proper footwear. Footwear with a high and wide toe box (toe area) is ideal for treating this condition. It may be necessary to buy footwear a half size to a size larger to accommodate the longer second toe.

Orthotics that feature arch support to keep the foot aligned, and a metatarsal pad to reduce stress on the ball-of-the-foot are often recommended when treating this condition. Proper footwear combined with a effective orthotic will provide relief from pain associated with Morton’s Toe.
24/12/2002 at 17:00
I found this rather useful (hopefully) web page:

Morton's etc

Hope that helps!
03/10/2003 at 23:44
Hi. Read about this problem and yes I have the same hot burning feet. Have tried everything. Sprayed with Boots footspray containing Witch-hazel & Methol just before I run. Then also put talc in my 1000 mile socks and also in my Acisc 2080 shoes. Have been to a Podarist and had leather orthotics made and although it improved slightly, my feet still burn like hell after about 50 mins - 4 miles of running. I cant run very fast. I have tried everything. Had Mizuno trainers, Reabok Trainers Asics 2070 and 2080 and Thorlo Socks, Falke Socks, 1000 mile socks. I have tried everything and nothing works. My second toe is not larger than my big toe so I assume it can't be Morton's. I did read an interesting fact in Runners World very recently, saying about Neuteral Shoes to use with Othotics. I use 2080's for Overpronation. I am wrong? The podarist did give me list and Asics was on the list. Although I have Sachoney Off Road Trainers for when I run in the local Hash and they are neuteral, but with my Othotics in them makes no difference after 45 mins my feet still burn like hell.
14/10/2003 at 20:12
Hello, can anyone help? I have a heel spur on my left foot...apparently this is because I have shortened calf muscles and the constant `tug` underneath my foot has caused this overgrowth of bone. I`ve been running for 18 months and just completed the Great North Run. My next goal is the London Marathon but at the moment I`m in pain again from this problem. Does anyone else suffer with this? If so what helped??
I have orthotics for my feet but was advised not to run with them as it will affect my gait?
23/03/2004 at 22:12
I used to suffer from burning feet but it seems to have gone away. I used to suffer it when I wasn't running, just during normal day-to-day activity. I managed to trace it down to the use of synthetic material in my socks, now I only wear 90-100% cotton socks and have no problem with it. Try it out.
31/05/2004 at 13:39
why do my feet go num they did this the other friday now iam in plaster
31/05/2004 at 18:21
My feet burn and blister but only on road and when racing, and especially in warm weather.
I ran the Nike Sale 5 today. I ran fast, It was hot and now I can't walk.
Training is ok. Racing on track (in spikes) is ok. What's haperning with my road races?
31/05/2004 at 23:21
I would try and change your socks, try different materials, try a sock designed specifically for running, forgive me if I'm stating the obvious and you've already tried this.
24/06/2004 at 12:45
i am allso suffering with footpain on my heel hurts only when walking and first thing in morning (first step) have seen my G.P. basic message is ive upped my distance to quickly and strained something. Best advice stop running untill pain goes then if increase in distance required just go steady.
05/10/2004 at 15:31
I have exactly this problem as well. I have very high arches on my feet and thats where it burns like hell and I get blisters. I did a 15km run on Saturday and then 10km race on Sunday- usually can do both those types of runs one after another. However after 3kms, my feet started hurting. Was almost crying when I got to the end of the race! However did complete it but not in a great time scale though. I bought special running socks as well for this- X socks Run Sky Run and have proper running shoes... can anyone have any other suggestions?
05/10/2004 at 16:53
I used to have this, and I still have it, weirdly enough, on nights out. I'm sure it's due to the amount of activity on your feet. I only got rid of it by changing my shoes (some shoes seemed to bring it on faster than others). Also, maybe try taking the laces out, and totally re-lacing them, leaving plenty of space and not pulling them too tight at the end nearest your toes (i.e. have them quite loose that end, but snugger nearer the bit the laces tie). Good luck.
19/02/2005 at 01:07
i will be running with a ligament prblem in my foot though have had a good physio to sort it out aparently due to new change in running shoes so watch out change running shoes regularly for me running 50 miles a week change every 3 to 4 months take note
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