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Smoking Hurts Your Feet!

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Most smokers are well aware of the risks associated with smoking: lung cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, emphysema etc. But many smokers suffer from a more puzzling tobacco-induced symptom: chronic foot pain. Difficulty walking, nasty sores that won’t go away, swollen feet that can’t fit into shoes—these are just a few of problems associated with smokers’ chronic foot pain and the only way to get rid of these troublesome symptoms is to quit smoking. But before we tackle how to quit smoking, let’s first get a better understanding of why smoking makes the feet ache.

Smoking causes chronic foot pain because of a condition known as peripheral arterial disease or PAD. PAD is caused by the build-up of excess plaque in the arteries; particularly vulnerable to this build-up are the legs and feet. As the veins and arteries clog up, blood has a harder time circulating through the legs and feet and this can cause pain, numbness and foot sores that do not heal. PAD is a nasty problem and smokers are four times as likely to develop it as non-smokers due to the way in which tobacco smoke ravages the cardiovascular system.

The best way to avoid developing PAD is to quit smoking. Within hours after the last cigarette puff, the body begins to heal; it is almost never too late to mitigate smoking risks by quitting. There are a many quit smoking methods out there people, but particularly effective approach to quitting smoking is  quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis can be done alone or under the watchful eye of a hypnotherapist. Quit smoking hypnosis’s goal is to help the smoker create new systems of beliefs and new thought processes vis-à-vis smoking so that they no longer depend on tobacco products for psychological soothing. Quit smoking hypnosis gets to the root of the psychosocial smoking habit, giving smokers the power to take control of their thoughts, emotions and habits so that these processes can guide them in a healthier direction for their bodies and minds.

Aches, pains, numbness in the feet? Smoking is very likely the culprit. Smoking is a psychosocial habit and it will make your feet hurt—but only if you let it. The power to quit smoking rests in your hands and your hands alone. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with a smoking habit, please contact me. You can also check us out on Twitter and Facebook to ask for advice or share your own tips on how to stay tobacco free.

Customer Testimonials

Hi Maureen, You worked your wonders on me on the 16th of January 2013 for smoking and guess what? I haven’t had a smoke or even felt like one! It is truly amazing after smoking for over 30 years I am no longer a slave to the smokes. I feel better (although I was a bit grumpy for a week or so) but that has passed, I can breathe better and my cough has gone. But food tastes so much better so I am trying to watch what I eat. I do get a craving every now and then and it goes as quick as it come…
Giovanni (John) Castellana


  1. Maureen says:

    Appreciate your feedback Catherine. Thanks 🙂

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