Smoking can Damage Your Feet…

Smoking can Damage Your Feet…

While we all know about the common dangers of smoking (heart, blood pressure, lungs, throat, etc), doctors have determined that smoking can damage your feet and cause leg problems as well…

stop smoking,quit smokingJames Mahoney, DPM, an associate professor of pediatric surgery at Des Moines University in Iowa recently stated that, in many cases, it is possible to tell if someone smokes by observing the conditions of someone’s feet.

In general, smokers tend to have slightly reddish, shinier skin on their feet, which is often found to be thinner as well. But why?

Simple. Since smoking impairs the blood circulation, your feet are at severe risk, since they are the furthest removed from your heart. The condition that arises is called peripheral arterial disease – PAD in short – and it is capable of causing serious damage…

When suffering from PAD – which is often without any warning signs – plaque build-ups in your arteries. As such, long arteries – like the ones running the full length of your legs to your feet – can cause severe circulation problems, as well as leg pains and problems with sores that refuse to heal (according to the USA National Institutes of Health).

Almost like having a hosepipe with a much thinner section in the middle – you know how much that affects the glow of water, right? Now just think what it will do to a tiny arterial tube…

Smokers are at a risk four times greater than non-smokers of developing PAD. PLUS if you do get it, you are likely to get it about ten years sooner than the typical non-smoker.

As you would expect, people suffering from PAD are also at a much higher risk of suffering from heart problems.

While it is possible to attempt installing a bypass artery, severe cases result in amputation…

Is it worth the risk?

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