Walking + Texting = Foot Danger!

Everyone knows about the dangers of texting while driving, but texting while walking is also a serious hazard, especially when it comes to accidents involving your feet. The number of pedestrians involved in fatal accidents due to walking while distracted has increased dramatically over the last decade, with an obvious correlation to the rapid rise in smart-phone addictions.

Of the 60,000 or so other injuries that occur to pedestrians every year in the US, both minor and major, many involve injuries to the legs and feet. Although engaging in distracted walking while talking or listening to music is worrisome, studies at intersections indicate that the people who are texting-while-walking are the least engaged with their surrounding environment. They tend to ignore traffic signals, cross at the wrong time, and not look both ways.

Some of the most common and embarrassing texting-while-walking incidents that can lead to injuries of the feet and ankles include:

  • Falling into manholes
  • Tripping down steps or over a curb
  • Walking into lampposts
  • Tumbling into fountains
  • Walking into cars or cyclists

Obviously, to avoid these types of injuries merely requires the use of a little common sense with your cell phone. To avoid the temptation of checking your phone while walking, always carry your phone in your purse, briefcase, or backpack and wait until you arrive at your destination to check your messages.

However, despite your best efforts, should you suffer an embarrassing phone related accident resulting in an injury to your feet or ankles, be sure to contact your podiatrist for a compassionate, judgment-free evaluation!

If you are currently experiencing foot pain from a trip and fall accident, the foot specialists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care and will be happy to assist you. Our team of doctors is dedicated to helping you with all of the newest diagnostic equipment and services. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

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