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Distracted Walking

You hear a lot about distracted driving, but more and more people these days are finding themselves in the doctor’s office—or worse, the morgue—after an incident of distracted walking. Whether it’s from texting, phoning or listening to music, pedestrian accidents are on the rise with some estimates indicating the rate of these accidents has more than doubled in recent years. The Pokemon Go craze hasn’t helped matters.

Distracted walkers are a danger to themselves and to others, but that doesn’t seem to stop people from being distracted by their mobile devices and getting into accidents. They tend to ignore traffic signals, cross at the wrong time, and not look both ways, which increases the chances of:

●Knocking other people over

●Stepping into traffic

●Bumping into walls

●Falling down the stairs or tripping over a curb

●Hilariously tumbling into a fountain

●Walking into lamp posts and road signs

One of the easiest ways to avoid the temptation of checking your mobile device while walking is to place it in a hard-to-reach area such as your briefcase, purse, or backpack and wait until you arrive at your destination before checking for messages.

Since many of these accidents are likely to involve an injury to your feet or ankles, podiatrists in particular are seeing an increase in patients involved in distracted walking incidents. Ankle twists and sprains, and broken feet and toes are among the many injuries seen. If you have suffered an injury to your feet or ankles after a distracted walking accident you should see a foot specialist to get the proper treatment.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

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