Don't ignore foot pain on the dance floor
CHICAGO, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Being 'light on your feet' when dancing is not entirely true; dancing the night away can take a toll on feet and ankles. Both professional and amateur dancers can suffer foot injuries that can stop the show, as witnessed this season on the popular reality-television show, Dancing with the Stars.
According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the most common types of dance-related foot and ankle problems are overuse injuries, which occur due to the repetitive movements in dance. "Over 50 percent of dance injuries occur in the foot and ankle. The severity of the damage is determined by a patient's age, strength and flexibility and the type of shoes worn when dancing," Orlando-area foot and ankle surgeon Amber Shane, DPM, FACFAS, said.
Other common types of injuries related to dancing can include:
With dancing being repetitively hard on the lower extremities, how can dancers of any level protect their feet and ankles? "The best defense to injury is prevention. Dancers should wear appropriate shoes to properly support their feet and ankles as well as perform dance moves with their individual skill levels in mind," Dr. Shane said.
When an injury does occur, prompt medical attention by a foot and ankle surgeon can make all the difference in a proper rehab
|SOURCE American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons|
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