Burning feet syndrome. A clinical review

Aust Fam Physician. 2003 Dec;32(12):1006-9.


Background: Burning pain in the feet has been known to occur as a distinct clinical symptom for almost two centuries. Despite being a common and fascinating clinical entity, this syndrome has received scant attention in the medical literature and has been described only in anecdotal reports.

Objective: This article describes and discusses the various aspects of this intriguing syndrome.

Discussion: Burning feet syndrome (BFS) is a common disorder especially among the elderly and is frequently encountered in general practice. There is no specific aetiology and it can occur as an isolated symptom or as part of a symptom complex in a variety of clinical settings. In contrast to the presence of distressing subjective symptoms, the physical examination is marked by a paucity of objective signs. The pathophysiology of BFS is not very clear and treatment varies depending on the aetiology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics / therapeutic use
  • Foot Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Foot Diseases / etiology
  • Foot Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Pain / diagnosis*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain Management*
  • Syndrome
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome / complications
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome / therapy
  • Vitamin B Complex / therapeutic use
  • Vitamin B Deficiency / complications
  • Vitamin B Deficiency / drug therapy


  • Analgesics
  • Vitamin B Complex