A burning sensation affecting your feet including soles, heels, and pads of toes is not an uncommon medical complaint. The intensity of symptoms may vary from a mild discomfort all the way to severe, chronic pain that may significantly interfere with your daily activities, causing disability or incapacity. Several underlying causes are responsible for burning sensation in your feet. Diabetes can induce nerve damage, causing peripheral neuropathy that manifests as a burning and tingling sensation in the feet or hands. Additionally, deficiency of vitamin B-12 in individuals who practice unbalanced and poor dietary habits may be responsible for burning feet. Vitamin B deficiency is also seen in people who have issues with absorption of this important vitamin in the guts.
Group of B vitamins
Our body cannot produce and store these vitamins. Therefore, the only way to ensure the proper serum level of these essential nutrients is to consume them through a balanced diet. The whole group consists of the following members: vitamin B1 (thiamine) found in pork meat, yeast extract and enriched cereals; vitamin B2 (riboflavin) found in eggs and meat; vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) found in fish, beef liver, meats and potatoes; vitamin B12 (cobalamine) found in animal products. Folic acid is also a member of B vitamin group. Folic acid can be found in green vegetables including broccoli and spinach. All of the aforementioned members of the B vitamin group play a substantial role in red blood cells development, proper functioning of the nervous system, production of energy and activity of the immune system.
Signs and symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency
Symptoms and signs of B-12 and folic acid deficiency are mostly unspecific and may vary depending on the severity of deficiency. Soreness of the tongue and mouth, pale skin, weakened the immune system, menstrual disturbances or rapid heart rate are some of the symptoms that appear along with the numbness, tingling and burning sensation in your feet. If you experience these symptoms you may want to consult with your physician in order to diagnose and properly treat the deficiency with vitamin B-12 for burning feet.
Why do I have a vitamin deficiency?
Since most of the vitamin B-12 sources are found in the animal products such as meat and eggs, vegetarians may be prone to developing the deficiency of this important vitamin. Additionally, the elderly are also prone to develop vitamin B-12 deficiency. Individuals suffering from conditions affecting the absorption of this vitamin, such as those suffering from Crohn’s disease are at an increased risk of having low serum vitamin B-12 levels. People with poor dietary habits are among the high-risk group, as well.
Since vitamin B-12 plays a key role in the proper functioning of the nervous system by stimulating the production of myelin (material that isolates nerve cells and ensures proper neuron conductivity), low serum levels of this vitamin will lead to nerve damage, manifesting as neuropathy. Burning feet caused by vitamin B-12 deficiency is a reversible condition. Proper and timely diagnosis is essential. Therefore, take care of your nerves by providing them a sufficient amount of this vitamin each day.
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