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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetes  

If we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC told you there was one step you could take that would speed healing of foot and ankle injuries and infections, reduce your risk of disease and decrease the likelihood of complications from diabetes and other diseases that affect the feet, would you be interested? Well, there is: stop smoking. Cigarette smoke makes your circulatory system less efficient because it narrows the blood vessels thereby restricting the flow of blood to your feet (as well as the rest of your body). Smokers who quit enjoy the benefits above and also experience reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, decreased blood pressure, greater lung capacity and a return to a full sense of smell and taste.

The Great American Smokeout, which takes place each November, is the perfect time to make a decision or renew your effort to stop smoking. Below are some do’s and don’ts that can help:

Do: be clear on why you want to quit. Make a list of all the reasons why you want to stop and the fears you have about what will happen if you continue to smoke. Writing these all down will help cement your decision and also serve as a motivator when you feel your determination flagging.

Don’t: put yourself in situations where others are smoking, at least not initially. You should also remove all smoking paraphernalia, including lighters, ashtrays, etc. from your home, car and workplace. Wash clothes and household items that smell like cigarette smoke.

Do: plan ahead for ways to get through nicotine cravings. Call a friend, go for a walk or bike ride—have an idea in place for what you will do if a craving hits. Stock up on oral substitutes as well such as hard candy, lollipops and carrot sticks.

Do: get some support. Today there are phone and computer apps and phone help lines in addition to actual support groups for people trying to quit. You can also enlist the aid of a family member or friend (or several people, for that matter) to be there for you to talk to when you need encouragement.

Don’t: give up if you slip up. It’s natural for long-time smokers to back slide, take a couple of puffs off someone else’s cigarette or even give up completely for a time before finally kicking the habit. Remind yourself of how long you were able to go without smoking. Analyze what was working and where you had the greatest difficulty and try again.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, believes patients need to be proactive in the health of their feet. If you have other questions about your podiatric matters, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330–8885.

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