Everyone knows about the dangers of surfing the internet while driving, but using your smartphone while walking is also a potentially serious hazard, especially when it comes to accidents involving your ankles and feet. Injuries such as ankle sprains and foot fractures are all too common. A large number of pedestrians encounter serious or even fatal accidents due to walking while distracted. Emergency room visits for distracted phone users has increased over the last decade in complete conjunction with the increase in smartphone usage.
Engaging in distracted walking while talking or listening to music is problematic. Studies at intersections show that the people who are texting or checking social media while walking are the least engaged with their environment, and have a tendency to ignore traffic signals and cross at intersections without looking both ways first.
Some of the most common and embarrassing incidents can occur during distracted smartphone usage and can lead to injuries of the feet and ankles. These include:
- Falling into fountains or manholes
- Tripping down steps or over the curb
- Walking into lamp posts or traffic signs
- Walking into cars, other people, or cyclists
Avoiding these types of injuries just requires the use of a little more common sense with your phone. To avoid being tempted to check your device in dangerous situations, be sure to carry it in your backpack, purse, or briefcase, and don’t check your messages until you arrive at your destination.
Should you still suffer from an embarrassing smartphone related accident resulting in an Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions, to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.