“Stop Smoking, You’re Hurting Me!” Say’s Your Feet.

stop smoking feetWe all know the smoking is bad for you.
With smoking you can develop all the obvious health
risks associated to smoking such as: heart disease, lung
cancer and lots of other risks. But did you know the smoking
can also harm your feet? Being so far from your heart and lungs you wouldn’t really think twice about the connection between smoking cigarettes and your foot health. But being so far from your heart, your feet don’t always get the best circulation. And if you smoke, your body is not working at its full potential and your less than great circulation is now turning into poor circulation. Very often a podiatrist can tell you are a smoker just by looking at your feet. A smoker’s foot skin tends to be thinner, shinier, and reddish in color. There is also a higher risk for a condition called Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. Usually with PAD your legs don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes noticeable leg and foot pain while walking. Often a substance called plaque builds up in your arteries that run from your legs to your feet. With this poor circulation, sores and injuries on your feet can take a longer time to heal, and can lead to infection. If you’re a smoker with diabetes, which also affects foot circulation, you are putting your feet at an extremely high risk. Smokers are four times more likely to develop this condition than non-smokers. And usually get it about 10 years earlier than a non- smoker. Often when you quit smoking you can bring your feet closer to what they used to be. There are a lot of tips and support groups to help you along with quitting, and we suggest you utilize them. The more support you have the more likely you are to succeed.

At The Right Shoe, we want more than to just sell you shoes. We encourage good foot health practices and would love to see every one really enjoy their feet in our shoes!

Comments

  1. great article

  2. Thanks so much for this. I had no idea this was (yet another) harmful side effect of smoking. If I needed more reasons to quit smoking, these would be enough. Fascinating that smoking has such an effect on someone’s entire body. Great read.

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