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Common foot ailments among dancers

dancing foot ailments

Many dancers suffer from overuse or traumatic foot and ankle injuries, rivaling those of other athletes. Dancers suffer far more lower leg, foot, and ankle injuries than any other type of injury, half of which are from overuse, and occur seasonally as rehearsals and performances increase in frequency. Because a dancer’s career is typically short, ending in the mid- to late-20s, it is important to take dance-related injuries seriously.

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The problem with high heels

the problem with high heels

For many women, wearing high heeled shoes means looking fashionable and having sexy, attractive calves, but what are they doing to your feet? High heels put excess strain on the muscles and tendons of the calves, ankles, and feet. Today we present you with the most common high heels-related injuries and tips on how to avoid them.

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Your child’s growing feet

childs growing feet

Previously we discussed shoes for babies and toddlers. Today we will cover tips for growing feet once the toddler years have passed. With so many styles of shoes available and with feet that grow fast, it can be hard to know just what is appropriate for your child’s footwear. Between 75 and 80 percent of all adults have foot problems, and many of these problems are related to improperly fitting shoes.

After your child begins wearing shoes, be sure to have his or her feet measured regularly. Children’s feet grow fast, and it can be appropriate to measure their feet as frequently as every six to eight weeks, especially in the first few years of life. More and more frequently, foot disorders previously seen in adults are beginning to show up in children, primarily due to poorly fitting shoes.

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Little feet – healthy feet from the start

little healthy feet

An eighth of the body’s bones are in the feet, and the feet of babies and toddlers are still growing and changing. Poorly fitting shoes or having your child wear shoes too early may cause deformities affecting your child’s ability to walk and take part in activities as they grow. As a result, special considerations must be taken in choosing shoes for young children.

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Pronation and supination

pronation and supination

Pro- and supi- what? Runners and other athletes often know if they are pronators or supinators, but what about the rest of us? These terms may sound fancy, but they simply describe the motion of your foot as you take a step. At their most basic, supination is the motion of the foot rolling outward with each step while pronation is a rolling inward. Most of us supinate or pronate to some degree with few problems. However, over-pronation or over-supination often lead to pain and injuries. The most common of these problems are knee pain, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, IT band pain, or heel pain.

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