Happy New Year from all of us at Gentle Touch Foot Care! Around this time everyone has resolutions to keep. One of the most common resolutions is quitting smoking. It is common knowledge that smoking cigarettes can affect your quality of life, and can lead to cancer. What a lot of people do not know, is that it can also affect the blood flow to your feet. In fact every time someone smokes a cigarette it lowers the blood flow to their feet almost 30% !
If you are a smoker, and noticed that your feet seem colder or painful it is a good idea to see your podiatrist. Long term problems such as peripheral vascular disease or even Buerger’s disease can be caused by smoking over a long period of time. Smoking leads to plaques which narrow your blood vessels, increased your chance of suffering from coronary artery disease. The chances are ever greater if you suffer from diabetes.
We here at Gentle Touch Foot Care have state-of-the-art equipment to detect changes in blood flow to your legs and feet. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of smoking and arterial disease it is always good to get it detected and dealt with before it affects your quality of life. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.