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iPhone Finger: What is this new social media hype and should you be really worried?

Amidst concerns over the alleged "iPhone finger" phenomenon caused by prolonged smartphone use, experts debunk the notion, emphasizing the absence of a legitimate medical condition.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Mar 30 2024, 11:10 IST
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While concerns over "iPhone finger" persist, understanding ergonomic risks is crucial for maintaining hand health. (Pixabay)
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While concerns over "iPhone finger" persist, understanding ergonomic risks is crucial for maintaining hand health. (Pixabay)

In recent times, a new concern has emerged online surrounding prolonged smartphone use: the "iPhone finger." This term refers to a supposed dent that may develop on the pinky finger due to holding a phone in a specific way for long periods.

As cellphones become extensions of ourselves, concerns emerge about how they may influence our bodies. The term "iPhone finger" has stirred debate on the internet, particularly when it was mentioned on "The TJ Show" podcast, where hosts found dents on their pinky fingers from smartphone use. While "iPhone finger" has been a topic of discussion among tech fans and health professionals, medical authorities today claim it is not a legitimate medical concern.

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Debunking the Myth: Insights from Medical Experts

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Peter Evans from the Cleveland Clinic dismisses the notion of "iPhone finger" as a widespread problem. He explains that images showing pinky finger dents are often just variations in normal anatomy. Occupational Therapist April Hibbeler and hand surgeon Dr. Michael Geary also confirm there's no official diagnosis for “iPhone finger.”

Conditions Linked to Prolonged Smartphone Use

Although "iPhone finger" may not be genuine, scientists caution against disregarding the health risks of excessive smartphone use. Dr. Evans warns that extended phone use might cause joint difficulties and musculoskeletal issues. Phone usage can lead to conditions such as clinodactyly, in which the pinky finger bends towards the ring finger, and Dupuytren's contracture, in which fingers contract towards the palm.

While there is no clear proof that cellphones cause these problems, there are certain phone-related health risks to be aware of. "Smartphone elbow," also known as cubital tunnel syndrome, happens when people bend their elbows too much while texting, causing nerve damage and pinky finger tingling or numbness.

Though concerns about "iPhone finger" may be overstated, it is critical to understand the Medical dangers of extended smartphone use. Preventive steps, such as using phones in moderation, taking breaks, and keeping good posture, can help to lower the risk of musculoskeletal difficulties and other health issues.

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First Published Date: 30 Mar, 11:10 IST
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