Foot Care

Grierson-Gopalan syndrome or Burning Feet Syndrome

Grierson-Gopalan syndrome

is better known as burning feet syndrome. It is a medical condition that causes burning and aching of the feet. The condition occurs more frequently in women. It manifests due to some underlying conditions. It is seen in people above 50 years of age, but is sometimes seen in young people as well.

Here are the symptoms of burning feet:

  • A burning or heating sensation in feet that is usually limited to the soles of the feet
  • In some cases, the pain may extend up to the ankles and lower legs
  • There are feelings of ‘Pins and needles’ or tingling sensations in the feet
  • The heat symptoms become worse at night time and gets better in mornings

Several conditions that cause or are associated with burning sensations of the feet are:

  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Psychosomatic causes
  • Neuromas
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Vitamin B deficiency [1]
  • Renal failure
  • Athletes foot
  • Foot nerve entrapment
  • Gastric restriction

Other causes of burning feet are:

  • Allergic reaction to socks or shoe material
  • Excessive Smoking
  • Dampness coupled with friction
  • Inappropriate socks
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Hot sweaty feet
  • Irritating fabrics


It is very important to diagnose the condition properly in order to have appropriate treatment. X-ray evaluation, MRI are used to establish the underlying cause. Nerve conduction velocity testing is also done. Blood tests are done to see for other conditions. Adequate history and physical examination are done before proceeding to the treatment.

Treatment of Burning Feet:

Treatment of burning feet depends on the underlying cause of the syndrome. The conditions that cause or are associated with burning feet need to be treated first. Other treatments ideas are:

  • Using creams that improve the blood flow to the joints and blood vessels of the foot
  • Magnetic therapy insoles are used to relieve burning sensations
  • Reduce alcohol and smoking
  • Using shoes and socks that have adequate ventilation

1 response to Grierson-Gopalan syndrome or Burning Feet Syndrome

  1. hmmm… what a uproarious belief.

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