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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: foot health

More than 50 years have passed since the Surgeon General first warned Americans about the dangers of cigarette smoking. By now, you know that smoking is dangerous for your heart and your lungs but do you know that smoking is bad for your foot health, too? 

 

Podiatrists can often tell which patients are smokers just by looking at the skin on their feet, which is typically thinner, shinier, and redder than that of other patients. It also takes smokers longer to heal from surgery than others.

 

Additionally, smoking is a major factor in the development of a variety of vascular health issues. Because they are farthest from your heart, blood doesn’t circulate as easily to your hands and feet as to other parts of your body. That’s why they’re often cold. This problem is made worse if you smoke. 

 

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

 

When plaque builds up in your arteries, they become stiff and narrow, making it hard for blood to circulate, especially to your extremities. This is Peripheral Arterial Disease. While it’s possible to develop PAD without symptoms, you will probably notice changes in your body. Typical symptoms include leg pain while standing or walking, or sores and injuries on the feet that heal poorly, if at all. 

 

Everyone is at risk for PAD. However, smokers’ risk of developing this condition is four times greater than non-smokers’. Smokers also tend to develop PAD earlier and more severely than non-smokers.  Diabetes is another common risk factor for decreased circulation to the feet. The risk of podiatric damage in diabetic smokers is particularly high. 

 

Raynaud’s Disease

 

Raynaud’s Disease is a condition in which the blood vessels of the hands and feet periodically spasm and overreact to cold temperatures. This situation is temporary, but uncomfortable. Cigarette smoking contributes to and exacerbates Raynaud’s Disease. 

 

Buerger’s Disease

 

Buerger’s Disease causes blood vessels in the arms and legs to swell, interfering with blood flow, leading to clots, pain, tissue damage, and even gangrene.  Almost all patients with the condition are current or former smokers. People who smoke more than a pack a day are most at risk. 

The most common podiatric symptoms of Buerger’s Disease are:

  • Pain in the legs, ankles, or feet when walking or standing
  • Pale, red, blue, cold, or painful feet
  • Skin changes, sores, or ulcers on the feet

You can control your risk of the negative health consequences caused by cigarette smoking. Dr. Dr. Jeffrey Kahn recommends that you cut down or quit as soon as possible. New medications are available to help you. To keep your feet feeling their best, click here to make an appointment in one of our offices in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington today.

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
January 18, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

Cold hands and feet may suggest that your body is having circulation problems. Colder temperatures have the tendency to make the blood vessels constrict, sending blood to more vital organs. This often leaves the extremities feeling chilled. If you are suffering from circulation issues and feel certain tingling and numbness, consider these four tips to help keep your body’s blood circulation moving to the hands and feet: exercise, stop smoking, massage, and eating a healthy diet free of processed foods.

Poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.  

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup, or atherosclerosis, results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps             -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness           -erectile dysfunction

Those who are over 50-years-old, have diabetes and/or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and it is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce the risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

Consult a podiatrist or doctor to help determine a regime that suits you.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/shared/npr/styles/placed_wide/nprshared/201407/327851772.jpgScientists at Sapienza University conducted a study with some rather delicious results. The university’s scientists discovered that polyphenols found in dark chocolate can increase blood flow. This increased blood flow happens to be quite beneficial for patients suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD).

 Half of the study’s subjects were provided 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate and the other half given 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate by researchers. Researchers observed the effects as patients walked on treadmills for a set period of time. The results showed that the group that had been given the dark chocolate was able to walk 11% farther and demonstrated improved circulation in their extremities.

Poor circulation in the feet is often very uncomfortable. If you are struggling with poor circulation, contact one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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