Dr. Kevan Orvitz
      Dr. Kevan Orvitz

Get up on your Feet and Dance

Dance has existed throughout the history of mankind


Dance has long been a way for people to express themselves. One might describe dance as “the art and science of rhythmically moving the body to express emotion, tell a story or elevate the heart rate aerobically.” People of all cultures and nationalities from around the world enjoy some form of dance. From ancient tribal rituals to exquisite ballets, dance has long brought people together whether it be for recreational, religious, exercise or entertainment purposes. In modern times dances range from versions of ancient tribal or ritual dance to street dancing to ballroom dancing to ballet and more.


Dance injuries to the feet and ankles may be common and severe


While a dancer generally uses their entire body to express themselves, the feet generally take the most abuse. Professional dancers and students spend many hours each day on their feet, often contorting them into awkward positions, often putting their entire body weight on the ball of the foot, or even worse the toes. The constant pressure on the feet and shock from tapping, stomping and jumping repeatedly on the feet can result in numerous foot problems including:


· Dancer's Fracture

· Sesamoiditis

· Hallux Valgus and Bunions

· Hallux Rigidus

· Plantar Fasciitis

· Metarsalgia

· Achilles Tendinitis

· Trigger Toe/FHL Tenosynovitis

· Posterior Impingement Syndrome

· Anterior Impingement Syndrome

· Lateral Ankle Sprain


Many of these conditions can be very painful and some even debilitating. Several of these conditions can cause permanent damage that can end a dancer’s career.


How to reduce the risk of dance injuries


Unfortunately it is usually necessary for a dancer to perform on a very hard surface such as wood or a tiled floor and this offers no give to absorb the shock from feet pounding against the floor. In order to absorb the shock and dramatically reduce the risk of injuries to the feet, ankles, shins and knees a dancer should wear a quality pair of dance insoles inside of their dance shoes. Today’s dance insoles are made from high tech materials that allow maximum shock absorbency while taking up minimum space in the shoe. The best dance insoles will increase the dancer’s comfort and dramatically reduce fatigue, allowing the dancer to perform at their best for a longer period of time and with less damage to the feet. Well made dance insoles will be resistant to moisture and will not allow bacteria, mold or fungus to develop.


Summary


As long as there have been people on the earth, there has been some form of dance. Dancers from all types of dance including ballroom, ballet, jazz, tap and even street dancing face the risk of mild to severe injuries to their feet, ankles and knees. Wearing a good pair of dance insoles is the best way to reduce the risk of injury to the dancer’s feet, ankles, shins and calves that are caused by wear and tear do to constant shock to those parts of their bodies.