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Do You Know What Is iPhone Finger And How It Impacts Smartphone Users

Tech enthusiasts and smartphone users are voicing worries about the term "iPhone finger," which has garnered attention following its mention on 'The TJ Show' podcast. This term refers to a noticeable mark or indentation on the pinky finger, possibly due to prolonged smartphone usage, particularly with Apple iPhones.

Edited By : simran rajpal | Updated: May 11, 2024 12:33 IST
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Techies and smartphone users are expressing concerns about the term “iPhone finger,” which has recently gained attention after being introduced on ‘The TJ Show’ podcast. This term refers to a visible mark or indentation on the little finger, likely caused by extensive smartphone usage, especially with Apple iPhones. Tech enthusiasts believe that the pinky finger used to support phones develops a noticeable divet, which appears different from the corresponding finger on the other hand.

On the show, one of the hosts explained, “Sometimes, the weight of the phone rests on your pinky finger as we hold our phones. This action creates an indentation that actually alters the appearance of your pinky.”

To identify if someone has an “iPhone finger” or “smartphone pinky,” they should hold out both little fingers and compare them. Look for a significant indentation on the dominant hand, likely caused by holding phones extensively.

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What do health experts say about iPhone finger

Despite concerns raised by tech enthusiasts regarding the pinky indentation, health experts have dismissed it as a genuine medical condition. According to the New York Post, Dr. Peter Evans, an orthopaedic surgeon with Cleveland Clinic, stated that indents or gaps on little fingers do not indicate a problem.

Occupational therapist April Hibbeler and hand surgeon Dr. Michael Geary of Ortho Carolina also concurred with Dr. Evans. They explained that the “musculoskeletal ‘phenomenon'” known as “iPhone finger” does not have an official diagnosis.

Dr. Evans also suggested that individuals attributing their condition to smartphone use may have an underlying medical issue. He noted that frequent cellphone usage can lead to various joint problems. While some reports of injury might be exaggerated, others are genuine and can result in significant, long-lasting harm.

Dr. Evans cautioned that among these medical issues are conditions such as clinodactyly, a genetic finger malformation that causes the pinky tip to bend towards the ring finger. Another condition is Dupuytren’s contracture, where thick cords form beneath the skin over time, pulling fingers towards the palm.

However, Dr. Evans emphasized that there is no evidence linking smartphone use to the latter condition. Nevertheless, he cautioned about several phone-related medical conditions that can develop.

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First published on: May 11, 2024 12:33 PM IST

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