DANCEWELL - Healthy Moves from Discovery Dance Group
In the interest of Dancing Healthy we offer timely advice on staying healthy while either studying dance or performing dance. Longevity in Dance is an attainable goal if you Dance Well:
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Foot Care for Dancers
courtesy of http://www.foot.com
Dancers place tremendous stress on
their feet through hours and hours of training and performance,
making them especially prone to injury. Therefore, for
anyone taking part in dance classes or performance, proper foot
care is imperative.
According to Dr. Suzanne Belyea,
Medical Director for Foot.com, The Foot Health Network, a web site that provides comprehensive information on
foot health, dancers especially have to watch out for such foot
conditions as metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, and achilles
a general term used to denote a painful foot condition in the
metatarsal region of the foot (the area just before the toes,
more commonly referred to as the ball-of-the-foot). This
common foot disorder affects the bones and joints at the
ball-of-the-foot. The first step in treating metatarsalgia
is to determine what is causing the pain. If improper
fitting dance shoes or other footwear is the cause, the footwear
must be changed. Your ultimate goal should be to unload pressure
on the ball-of-foot to allow your condition to heal. When
not dancing, you should wear shoes with a high, wide toe box that
allows your foot to spread out.
is an inflammation caused by excessive stretching of the plantar
fascia. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous
tissue that runs along the bottom surface of the foot, attaching
at the bottom of the heel bone and extending to the
forefoot. Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by excessive
stretching of the plantar fascia , which can also lead to heel
pain, arch pain, and heel spurs. The key for proper treatment of
Plantar Fasciitis is determining what is causing the excessive
stretching of the plantar fascia. When the cause is
over-pronation (flat feet), an orthotic with rearfoot posting and
longitudinal arch support can effectively reduce the
over-pronation and allow the condition to heal. If
orthotics cannot be worn while dancing, they should be worn in
causes inflammation and degeneration of the achilles
tendon. The disorder can cause shooting, burning, or
even an extremely piercing pain. Achilles tendonitis should
not be left untreated, as there is a danger that the tendon can
become weak and ruptured. If this or any foot problem persists,
Dr. Belyea recommends that you consult your foot doctor.
For more information on these or
other foot conditions, visit www.foot.com.
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