Dance Injuries Can Spin Your New Year’s Plans out of Control


What tops your list of New Year’s resolutions this year? For many Austinites, weight loss and a more active lifestyle are high priorities. There are many roads to achieving these goals: walking with a friend, joining a nutrition plan, or signing up for a fitness class. Beat classes have been taking place at Movin’ It Studios since November. Combining dance and cardio, these classes promise you a complete workout. While dancing your way to your weight loss goals can be fun, dance injuries can set you back and derail your daily routine.

Dance literally impacts the foot from the toes to the heels. The stress of leaping, tapping, bouncing, and spinning can bruise, stretch, and strain the feet and ankles. Even dance experts can find themselves the victim of a fall or bad landing. In fact, the bone that runs along the outer edge can actually be fractured when this occurs. A dancer’s fracture affects the fifth metatarsal, and the foot must be immobilized in order to heal.

This is not the only foot bone that can be impacted by the stress of dance. The sesamoids, the tiny bones underneath your big toes, can cause a lot of discomfort due to inflammation of the tendon that connects them. Achilles tendinitis is also common.

Dancing is great fun and a great workout, but dance injuries are also a reality. Stretch your feet and ankles before and after exercise (don’t forget the calf muscles), and stop at the first sign of trouble. From ankle sprains to metatarsalgia that affects the ball of the foot to problems with the toes, dancing can lead to pain and discomfort. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS want to help you ring in the New Year with healthy feet. Call our Austin, TX office today at (512) 328-8900, or schedule an appointment online.

Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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