Do You Smoke? Your Feet May be at Risk.

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What do smoking and feet have it common?

 

More than you think.

 

While most people know the effects smoking has on your lungs, but did you know that smoking can also affect your feet? Precision Podiatry in Austin, Texas is here to help you learn more about the link and what you can do if you suspect you are at risk:

 

Peripheral Artery Disease

You may or may not have heard of a term Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD. If you smoke, your risks for this disease increase greatly, and are further compounded if you have diabetes or any other type of cardiovascular disease. 

 

With Peripheral Artery Disease, your body develops plague in your arteries – including the ones in your legs – and this makes circulation to your feet more difficult. Bloodflow is restricted as arteries get narrower and more stiff. The reduced circulation can then lead to bad circulation in your feet, which can produce achy feet, sores that don’t feel or are slow to heal, and discoloration of your skin on your feet. Many doctors say they can see the symptoms of PAD right away when they look at a patient, as the skin on their feet often looks shiny and thin. Smoking is a leading cause of PAD, and the symptoms can compound as we age and our arteries tend to weaken naturally. 

 

Some patients have symptoms such as these, while others may have none at all. Other more obscure symptoms could be hair loss, slow growth of toenails, leg numbness, or cramping in your hips or legs when doing activities like walking or exercise.

 

If you are concerned about Peripheral Artery Disease, please do not hesitate to come see the team at Precision Podiatry! PAD can be treated and we can help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Call us today as your feet and ankle specialists in Austin, Texas.