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Ways Smoking Affects the Feet

Smoking can significantly affect foot health by restricting blood flow and impairing bone growth and healing processes. Nicotine in tobacco narrows blood vessels, reducing circulation to the extremities. Further, chemicals in cigarettes weaken vessel linings, which promotes plaque buildup and further compromises blood flow to the feet. This increases the risk of conditions like peripheral arterial disease and blood clot formation. A diagnosis typically involves blood tests, comparative blood pressure exams, and imaging studies. Treatment strategies vary, often incorporating lifestyle adjustments, such as exercise and a balanced diet, along with managing cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Additional risk factors that affect foot health include diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. While quitting smoking is vital, consulting with a podiatrist is an essential part of the comprehensive care needed. A podiatrist can offer guidance to mitigate smoking-related foot problems. If you're a smoker and notice that you are having problems with your feet, it is suggested that you add a podiatrist to your team of healthcare experts. 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Omega Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Los Angeles, Huntington Park, and Reseda, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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