Our team of medical experts are ready to help

Your questions answered

Anita asked...

I have been suffering with burning sensation in legs...

I have been suffering with burning sensation in legs to point it wakes me up, used to be just lower leg but now seems to be in foot and thigh as well - feels like it's going to burst my leg. Especially at night when sleeping. It seems to be getting progressively worse affecting joints and feels like muscle tissue is twisted and worse on right than left ... I regularly go to Pilates and personal trainer so activity wise OK. I have noticed inflammation at ankles and inside arch of foot - this was scanned all fine structurely ... Tried massages and physio ... To no avail ... Could this be nuerological?

  • mother-thermometer-doctor-at-hand

    Do you need to see a GP quickly?


    Would you like to speak with a doctor by video or phone at a time that suits you?

    Our Doctor@Hand service, delivered by Doctor Care Anywhere, offers a doctor appointment by video or phone at a time that suits you.

The answer

There are a number of causes resulting in the sensation of burning legs, including damage to nerves in the legs due to exposure to extreme temperatures or toxic substances. Burning legs might also be due to a circulation problem that impairs blood flow to the legs, a leg injury or intense exercise. Another possible cause is peripheral neuropathy, a disorder in which the peripheral nerves that relay signals between the body and the brain and spinal cord lose function. Peripheral neuropathy can be due to a number of specific diseases and disorders including diabetes but in some cases has no known cause. Please make an appointment with your GP for further medical assessment of these symptoms so the underlying cause can be identified and managed accordingly. Your GP may refer you to a specialist for further tests and investigations to obtain an exact diagnosis and treatment if required.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses