Why Do The Arches Of My Feet Burn And Hurt When I Exercise?

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Asked by SonyaH909

Why Do The Arches Of My Feet Burn And Hurt When I Exercise?

Whenever I do cardio exercises that require me to be moving around a lot on my feet, the part that hurts the most is the burning in my arches. I just did a kickboxing workout, and whichever foot was supporting me was burning so badly! Any help would be appreciated.

Answer

Sounds very much like Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome . Most people are more familiar with the common cousin that affects the hands, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is worse when standing on the affected foot because the pressure on the foot further reduces the space for the tibial nerve as it passes through the tarsal tunnel. This can lead to the episodic nature of TTS that varies with activity. In general, a "Burning" sensation is a typical symptom caused by nerve irritation, in this case tibial nerve irritation.

You should see a neurologist who can do an exam and an electrodiagnostic (nerve test) study of the feet. This test is not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it will provide very valuable information and help to rule in (or rule out) the diagnosis of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Other possibilities do exist like peripheral neuropathy, but this sure sounds like TTS from my limited perspective. Once you have the correct diagnosis by seeing a doctor, you can find a solution to get you back on your feet.

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

Answered by Christina Lasich, MD