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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 15, 2017
Category: Lifestyle
Tags: Diabetes   gout   smoking   broken ankle  

Join the Great American Smokeout this November

Benefits for your feet may not be at the top of your list for reasons to quit smoking but at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to inform our patients about the very significant impact smoking has on the health of your feet.

What’s the Problem?

The chemicals in cigarette smoke cause your blood vessels to constrict. With blood having to travel the furthest distance to get to your feet, narrowing that pathway can hurt your feet in a few ways:

  • Oxygen rich blood is necessary for healing everything from a minor cut to a broken ankle. By decreasing blood flow the process of healing is impeded and recovery can take much longer.
  • Your feet will feel colder with less circulation and for some conditions, such as gout, it can increase the risk of symptoms or an attack.
  • When blood vessels are narrowed there’s a greater chance of plaque developing in the smaller space which can lead to Peripheral Arterial Disease.
  • For patients with diabetes or other conditions that cause impaired circulation smoking contributes to the problem and increases the risk of serious medical complications.

How to Quit

There’s no one way to quit smoking that works for everyone. Perhaps you have tried to stop in the past. If so, analyze why what you did failed and how to go about it differently this time. Some tips from the American Cancer Society include:

  • Make a date that you plan to quit. Mark it on your calendar and tell friends and family about it.
  • Decide on a method to stop smoking. You may want to talk to your physician for recommendations.
  • Get rid of all tobacco products at home, in your car and at work.
  • Stock up on oral substitutes: hard candy, sugarless gum, carrot sticks, etc.
  • Ask friends and family not to smoke around you or leave out tobacco products.
  • Enlist some cheerleaders who will help you stay on track and will be available to “talk you down” when you feel like giving up.

If you have questions about the health of your feet and smoking, our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will be happy to answer them. Contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.