Burning feet syndrome is a medical condition that often affects women between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. The syndrome causes several different symptoms that occur at nighttime: • burning feet without redness and tenderness • excess sweating • scotoma, or blind spot in the eye • hyperesthesia, an increase in sensitivity of what is felt by the senses • aching of the feet • amblyopia, or lazy eye The burning of the feet may extend up to the lower legs or may also include the feeling of ants crawling on the skin on the feet and skin up to the lower legs. The syndrome is also called Grierson-Gopalan syndrome, named after the discoverers. Cause No one knows what causes the burning feet syndrome but it appears to have a hormonal or nervous system origin. It may also be associated with rheumatoid arthritis, kidney failure, and vitamin B deficiencies. Specifically vitamin B1 and vitamin B12 deficiencies cause burning feet. Treatment and Prevention It’s difficult to treat burning feet syndrome because there are no medications that will help. Tired feet also may be accompanied by burning so orthotic arch supports or inserts may relieve the stresses felt on the feet. There are also cool Insoles that are cooling to the feet. Burning is relieved by soaking the feet in a cold water footbath.