Smartphones and other smart devices have become a necessity of our lives and it is difficult for us to function without them. The situation has worsened to the extent that we can survive without food but we cannot survive without our phone! This is true and we all know that. Forget weekdays and workdays, most of us are on our phones on weekends and holidays too which is not only harmful to your eyes but also for your fingers. How? Well, excessive use of a smartphone or holding the phone in your hand and using it constantly can cause the deformation of the pinky finger and this condition is called smartphone pinky syndrome. Know more about this disorder in the article below
These days, life has become all about texting, tweeting and emailing. Whether be it work or chatting with friends, our phone is always in our hands and active. But have you ever thought that this habit of yours can negatively impact your hand? There are reports that the constant use of mobile phones is causing an increase in the cases of smartphone pinky syndrome. Some experts believe this to be practically true while some rubbish these reports. What is the truth? Various hand surgeons believe that this syndrome could occur due to an underlying condition or this may be due to overuse of smartphones. However, most of them touted this to be a temporary change in finger position and it will get back to the original in some time.
Smartphone Pinky Syndrome in Brief
This majorly happens when a person uses a heavy phone. Your pinky finger is the most sensitive finger of all. When it bears the extra weight of your phone for long, chances are that it might bend a little leading to deformity. Reports suggest that due to lockdown, the cases of pinky syndrome have rise abruptly. This is possibly due to excessive use of phones and other hand-held devices during the homestay.
On average, a person spends about 5 hours a day on their phones. The usage time has increased rapidly in the past few weeks which is the primary cause of increased cases of smartphone pinky syndrome.
Other conditions are related to fingering deformity are:
- Repetitive Strain Syndrome: Condition caused when you repeatedly perform an action that poses stress on different body parts including fingers.
- Clinodactyly: This is a congenital condition that causes the bending of fingers and toes.
- Dupuytren’s contracture: This is a disorder caused by tissue abnormality leading to bending of the fingers.
Risks of excessive use of smartphone
You may or may not get this syndrome upon repeated and uncontrolled use of a smartphone. But there are a lot of cons to this habit. Use of phone should be in limit or else it may pose certain negative effects on your health and body such as:
- Continuous use of smartphones may increase strain on your hands, wrist, arms and elbows.
- This strain may aggravate nerve damage over time.
- Affects eyesight
Possible ways to prevent smartphone pinky syndrome
- Limit your smartphone use.
- If not urgent, prevent seeing your phone every minute.
- Divert your mind and invest time & energy in other productive things.
- Do hand exercises as well as finger stretching to prevent the damage.
- Try to operate the phone with both hands to divide the strain.
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