Man Breaks Foot Playing Pokemon Go

A screenshot from one Pokemon Go user's gaming sessionYes, I’m a busy Houston podiatrist, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to keep on top of the latest trends taking the internet by storm…take the new Pokemon Go game, for example.

You can learn all about this insanely popular game in the link above, but here’s the idea in a nutshell: Pokemon Go is a free app on Android and iPhone; the game “uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokemon "appear" around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game.”

Sounds like an even cooler way to get moving than Wii Sports, am I right (or did I just totally date myself)?

There’s just one small catch: turns out, gamers hunting down Pokemon are winding up in some scary situations—one group got lured and robbed by armed criminals, a 19-year-old woman was led to discover a dead body, a different user fell off his skateboard and started bleeding and Reddit user Amalthea confessed: “Not even 30 minutes after the release last night, I slipped and fell down a ditch. Fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in my foot, 6-8 weeks for recovery. I told all the doctors I was walking my dog lol... Watch where you're going, folks!”

So there you have it folks: by all means, enjoy this latest revival of the 90s-born craze but do us all a favor: watch where. Even if you’ve “Gotta catch ‘em all,” your feet shouldn’t have to pay the price!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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