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Why do the soles of my feet get hot?

by Alivia Nyhan
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Do your feet seem to boil? Let me tell you. You are not the only person that it happens to. Here is a combination of several factors: your constitution, the climate, your hormones, and something significant that you may not consider, your habits.

But don’t worry, all is not lost. If you take into account the advice that I will give you, you will be able to control this annoying feeling.

In this FastlyHealarticle, you will learn why the soles of your feet get hot and how to relieve them.

Hormonal changes

Female cycles are pretty complex. Hormonal waves that occur during adolescence, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation, and menopause can cause a host of symptoms, including heat on the soles of the feet.

In addition, other annoyances may appear, such as:

  • Hot flushes.
  • Profuse sweating
  • Odorous perspiration.
  • Acne.
  • Skin rash.
  • Itching in the body.
  • Redness of the skin.
  • Spots on the skin or other areas of the skin.

Burning feet syndrome

Burning feet syndrome, or Grierson-Gopalan syndrome, manifests itself with considerable burning in the soles of the feet. What is particular about this syndrome is that these discomforts appear almost exclusively at night since there are usually no problems during the day.

Other symptoms that accompany the burning sensation are:

  • Tingle.
  • Punctures.
  • Burning sensation in the back of the feet and even in the calves (although not so frequent).

Although some specific causes can be found, most of the time, the origin is unknown. Among the possible pathologies that can generate these symptoms are:

Lack of vitamin B

If there are few fresh foods and many processed in your diet, the supply of that vitamin may be scarce. It is also common when digestion is not normal, as this vitamin is absorbed and partly produced in the intestines.

It is seen more frequently in alcoholism, malnutrition, celiac disease, and other malabsorption syndromes.


In some cases of thyroid gland malfunction, the typical heartburn of this syndrome may appear.


It is common for patients with this disease to have peripheral nerve problems. They may have less sensitivity at times, which makes them susceptible to injury. At other times, there may be a burning sensation on the skin of the legs and feet.

Lack of minerals

Low potassium and magnesium levels can cause this type of discomfort, and it is called Gitelman Syndrome.

These sensations can also appear in other areas of the skin.

Rheumatoid arthritis

It is not one of the most common symptoms, but there may be a burning sensation in the feet at night in some cases of this chronic inflammatory joint disease.

Peripheral vascular problems

When blood circulation is poor, a wide variety of symptoms can appear in the lower limbs, such as:

  • Numbness
  • Ardor.
  • Tingling
  • Inflammation.
  • Bluish coloration.
  • Cold extremities.

Circular circulation can be altered: diabetes, varicose veins, stasis from standing a lot, etc.


Bumps and injuries to the lower limbs can cause alterations in sensation.

Compression of a nerve

If the burning sensation occurs only in one foot, it is possible that what is happening is a compression of the posterior tibial nerve.

This usually happens within the tarsal canal, with what is known as a tarsal syndrome.

What to do?

As you will see, there are multiple causes, so it is so necessary to know what is happening.

If the symptoms are compatible with burning feet syndrome, the following will be performed:

  • Questions to try to learn more about your problem.
  • A complete medical examination.
  • Studies will be requested according to the clinical suspicion: blood tests, urine tests, X-rays, or more complex imaging studies, etc.

Treatment will be directed to the underlying cause. Analgesics, anti-inflammatories, cold water baths, and specific medication for the pathology may also be indicated.

Physical constitution

You will have experienced it. Your feet boil, and those of your partner are frozen. You have done the same, you have eaten the same, and you are under the same blanket, but still, you cannot help but startle when he rests his feet on yours. And it is clear why this happens. We are not all the same.

You are part of that group of people that the heat accompanies everywhere. Whether it’s summer or winter, your hands and feet tend to be rather hot and humid, somewhat reddened, and may even sweat with more odor.

But don’t worry, there are things you can do to decrease your body heat. Read on, and you will find the answer below.


At some times of the year, it is more common for those who tend to suffer from the heat to experience it more significantly.

This does not necessarily happen in summer, although it is pretty frequent. What often happens is that people who suffer the most from the heat may find their feet boiling when fall begins.

And you ask yourself, why? During the summer months, the body accumulates heat inside, then comes the rainy season, where you think you feel better, but when the sun rises again, your internal fire becomes more vigorous, and that is when you can feel more heat. Hot flashes, hot feet, and digestion worsen, appearing problems such as heartburn or reflux.


Just as I have told you that there are people who are more predisposed than others to have and suffer more heat, your habits can also make that heat increase more or decrease.

Food is a fundamental part. Here is a list of foods that can help your body generate more heat :

  • Fish.
  • Seafood.
  • Chicken.
  • Pork.
  • Yogurt.
  • Beer.
  • Came.
  • Pickles.
  • Chucrut.
  • Kombucha.
  • Kefir.
  • Café.
  • Caffeinated drinks.
  • Drinks with colorants.
  • Alcohol in general.
  • Carrot.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Spicy radishes
  • Chile.
  • Pineapple.
  • Lemon.
  • Citrus
  • Hot spices
  • Refined flours.

What to do when you suffer from hot feet

The best thing in these cases is to try to return the body to a state of balance. We experience these symptoms more intensely when we encourage that heat with our habits. To decrease it, I suggest you:

  • You eat naturally.
  • Avoid ultra-processed, excess dairy, refined meats, flours, and sugar.

If your body doesn’t have to expend as much energy on digestion, it will produce less heat, and there will be fewer toxic substances for your body to clean.

Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fresh vegetables and fruits are excellent for reducing excess heat in the body. The best options are:

  • Apple.
  • Money.
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Banana.
  • Grapes.
  • Granada.
  • Avocado.
  • Green leafy vegetables (better something cooked).
  • Coles.
  • Asparagus.
  • Eggplant.

Avoid sunbathing. Exposure for long periods to the intense sun can increase that sensation of body heat. That is why trying to stay in cool areas, and the shade is an indication that I recommend you follow.

Drink water since other liquids do not hydrate in the same way. Drinking water at room temperature and even warm infusions are necessary to restore balance to your body. Despite what many think, icy drinks will not help you since they hinder your digestion and generate more heat. Fruit juices can also do you a lot of good.

Eat healthy fats, especially recommended is ghee. Clarified butter is a substance that, by facilitating digestion, helps reduce heat in the body and, therefore, in the soles of your feet. Avocado and coconut oil are also excellent options.

Use the aromas to your advantage. The scent of flowers and soft perfumes are tools that you can use to reduce body heat. Stimulating the sense of smell is very helpful when quieting the mind and slowing down the body’s metabolism.

This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor if you present any condition or discomfort.

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