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.