What is knee burning sensation?

A burning sensation in the knee may be related to a number of different processes or disorders. For example, any type of burn to the skin (thermal, electrical or chemical burn) causes pain and burning at the site of the trauma. Damage to the nerves of the legs (peripheral neuropathy) causes a burning or tingling sensation medically known as paresthesia. Diabetes and alcohol abuse are two common causes of peripheral neuropathy.

The different forms of arthritis (inflammation of the joints) can produce pain and stiffness of the joints including the knee joint, and this pain may be perceived as a burning sensation in some cases.

When the arteries that supply the legs are narrowed due to atherosclerosis, a condition known as peripheral artery disease, pain occurs intermittently in the legs while walking (claudication). This may also be experienced as a burning sensation and occurs when there is inadequate oxygen delivery to the tissues in the legs due to the narrowed arteries.

The sudden onset of a burning or tingling sensation in the leg on one side of the body may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition such as stroke. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you experience sudden weakness or numbness in one leg.

If your knee burning sensation is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with knee burning sensation?

Knee burning sensation may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that cause a burning sensation in the knee may, in some cases, involve other body systems or cause the same symptoms elsewhere in the body.

Localized symptoms that may occur along with knee burning sensation

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CAUSES

What causes knee burning sensation?

A knee burning sensation can develop because of burns or injuries to the skin as well as to processes that lead to inflammation in the knee joint. The pain of intermittent claudication, which occurs when there is insufficient blood supply to the legs in peripheral artery disease, may be perceived as a burning sensation.

Superficial causes of knee burning sensation

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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