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What is Hereditary Erythromelalgia?

Hereditary Erythromelalgia, a condition more commonly known as “burning man syndrome” is a condition that causes a scorching pain in your foot. This sensation may feel as if your feet are stepping on hot coal. This pain can be caused by a light touch of air or a small splash of water. The pain can occur several times per week and it can potentially wake you up in the middle of the night. This is a rare neuropathic disorder that can cause severe burning pain and redness. The attacks of the condition is typically triggered by heat, pressure, exertion, and stress. It has been discovered that the underlying cause of this disorder is the SCN9A gene. Research has shown that similar problems in this gene may cause the hereditary type of small fiber neuropathy. If you suspect that you have a nerve disorder in your foot, you should make an appointment with your podiatrist to learn what is happening with your feet.


Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Sutera and Jones Surgical Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be trigged by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.


To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy, whether it be diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, or others, will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Media and Glen Mills, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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