What is toe burning sensation?

Toe burning sensation can have a number of causes, including an injury (such as stubbing your toe), sitting in one position for a long period of time, ill-fitting shoes, or a circulation problem that impairs blood flow to the feet. A toe burning sensation can also be caused by nerve damage from extreme heat or cold or from toxic substances.

Alternatively, toe burning sensation may be caused by peripheral neuropathy, a disorder in which the peripheral nerves that relay signals between the body and the brain and spinal cord do not function properly. Peripheral neuropathy can be due to a number of specific diseases and disorders, including diabetes and alcoholism. In some cases, peripheral neuropathy has no known cause.

Depending on the cause of the burning sensation, it may occur in the toes only or in other areas of the body as well. A burning sensation may be the only symptom you experience or it may be accompanied by pain and numbness. The duration and course of toe burning sensation vary widely, depending on the cause. Symptoms caused by injury often have a sudden onset, whereas toe burning sensation resulting from underlying neuropathy develops slowly and persists or worsens over time.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if a sudden toe burning sensation is accompanied by numbness or weakness on one side of your body; a change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness; or the worst headache of your life, as these can be signs of stroke. Also, if your toe burning sensation is a result of a severe burn, seek immediate medical care (call 911).

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


What other symptoms might occur with toe burning sensation?

Toe burning sensation may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Toe symptoms that may occur along with toe burning sensation

Toe burning sensation may accompany other symptoms affecting the toe including:


What causes toe burning sensation?

Toe burning sensation can be the result of nerve or skin damage in the toe and surrounding tissues. Burns from chemicals and extreme heat, as well as exposure to poisonous substances, may damage the nerves in the skin, resulting in toe burning sensations.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 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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