What the Great American Smokeout Means to Your Feet

Smokers have known about the dangers of cigarettes since the 1960s. That’s when Congress put an official warning on cigarette packages that smoking involves very real health risks. Little kids from coast to coast have been taught this in school for decades. We’ve all seen the side-by-side lung samples – one fresh, pink, and healthy; one blackened with tar and nicotine.

So, we know. We’ve heard. Smoking causes lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. But that’s not all. Montgomery Foot Care Specialists want you to know that smoking is a threat to your feet as well.

How smoking damages your feet

For one thing, ingesting the chemicals in cigarettes can eventually cause peripheral arterial disease. Simply put, this means damage to the blood vessels in your lower limbs. Constricted blood vessels have a tough time delivering blood to your feet. That means simple cuts and scrapes are slow to heal, increasing your risk of dangerous infections.

Furthermore, smoking contributes to venous stasis, foot inflammation, numbness, pain, and difficulty walking.

Resolve to quit beginning November 15

Our message is for the nearly 1.1 million people in Alabama who are still regular smokers. Start your journey toward a healthier, smoke-free life on November 15. That’s the date the Centers for Disease Control calls the Great American Smokeout.

Smoking is a habit that’s really hard to quit. Most people can’t do it alone. As part of the Great American Smokeout, you’ll learn the importance of

  • making a plan – it’s not enough to say you want to quit. You need a step-by-step plan to guide you toward changing your habit.
  • enlisting the help of your family.
  • embracing the mental challenges that come with quitting.
  • and much more.

Click here to learn more about yourplan to quit smoking. And if you have any concerns at all about your feet – any pain, numbness, swelling, or difficulty healing – call our expert podiatrists Heidi M. Christie, DPM and Chanda L. Day-Houts, DPM for an appointment. Our number in Montgomery, Alabama is (334) 396-3668. You can also contact us online.