Getting fit this year – The Zumba® craze

With January almost over, hopefully you are sticking to your new workout routine or are following through on your new year's resolution to get fit. Many of us could stand to lose a few pounds and those of us living with diabetes can really improve our overall health through exercise. We have talked before about ‘hidden' exercise and dancing is a great way for you to enjoy yourself while getting fit. The latest Zumba® fitness craze even boasts the phrase ‘ditch the workout, join the party!'


A quick online search will produce a long list of locations throughout the Austin area where you can participate in various Zumba® classes. The Zumba® website will actually show 281 locations within 25 miles of Austin! While any dancing can be a great exercise for your heart, it is important to remember that you are putting different demands on your feet in the process. Many dance moves require you to place your weight on the ‘ball' of your foot. The increased stress on this area can lead to pain in the tendons and muscles as well as the bones. Problems such as plantar fasciitis, intermetatarsal neuromas, or stress fracture can all occur by not preparing for these increased demands on your feet. One can participate in almost any dancing or other activity as long as you do not do too much, too quickly.


By stretching before and after any activity like this, you can avoid pain in your feet. The plantar fasciitis we just mentioned is probably the most frequent problem that occurs by not properly stretching your feet or not slowly building up to greater demands. If you have developed this pain in your heel, make an appointment with Dr. Thomajan today. A quick visit to Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists can minimize further damage and get you back to the activities you enjoy. Stay active Austin by keeping your feet pain free.


Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy, Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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