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How Smoking Hurts Your Feet

How Smoking Hurts Your Feet

It’s well known that smoking is bad for your body, particularly your lungs, heart, and throat. But did you know that smoking is also just as bad for your feet? Well, might it might come as a surprise, it’s nevertheless true.

Smoking Hurts Your Feet, Too

When we think about the effects of smoking, we don’t necessarily feel concern about our feet; but, we should. You see, the feet are a long way from the heart and lungs, meaning even under regular conditions, getting rich oxygenated blood is a real feat (no pun intended).

Smoking can lead to the development of something called peripheral arterial disease. People who suffer from peripheral arterial disease or PAD commonly experience pain in their legs and feet.

And, peripheral arterial disease is most common in people who smoke. In fact, you are at four times the risk of developing PAD than non-smokers, according to the National Institutes of Health.

PAD is dangerous because it restricts blood flow and this is really bad news for your feet. If you do smoke, you should be taking actionable steps to quit to avoid peripheral arterial disease. Otherwise, you are at a highly increased risk and some patients suffering from PAD must undergo amputative surgery.

Be sure to talk with your doctor about steps to stop smoking and a more healthy diet.