Ballroom Dancing and Injuries (Study)

#41
I have a pain in the join that connects big toe to the foot. It is called 1st MTP joint. I have not checked it out yet, but it is for sure associated with dancing on 3" heels since it gets worse when i dance in heels vs. practice shoes.
My friend who is a volleyball player had very similar problem (being on heels is aside:)and what helped is going to a podiatrist and making a custom-made orthotic based on the specifics of his foot alignments. I am waiting to go there since i doubt that placing a orthotic into latin sandals is something i can really do...
Have people placed orthotics into their latin shoes? Can somebody share the experience? Thanks!
This is a great site I came across the other day for dancing injuries and some "treatments". Let me know if it helps. http://www.med.nyu.edu/hjd/harkness/patients/injuries/foot.html
 
#42
Many years ago I did tear myy ACL doing tango. I chose physical therapy over surgery and have never had a problem since.
From my own oberservation of top professionals who have had knee surgery, both ballroom and latin play havoc on knees. Personally I also have knee problems, but I think mine are due to age and arthritis, but as professionals far younger than I have had knee surgery, there is obviously a lot of stress there.
Did you do any stretches or rehab exercises to help with your torn ACL and knee pain?
 
#43
Dancing has helped my back. Before starting one year ago, I had every one of these:
http://exrx.net/Kinesiology/Posture.html
Now, there's almost no sign I ever had them.

My right knee has been feeling loose for a few weeks now, ever since drilling samba voltas and such in sneakers (after dancing in proper shoes for four hours.) The next day I almost collapsed while standing and had to limp home.

It looks like most of us attribute our injuries to bad technique or not warming up or other things we know are risky. Doing things properly doesn't seem to cause any problems. (Captain Obvious, signing off.)

P.S. That site is a great guide to all the muscles and how to stretch and exercise them, as well as realted subjects. I don't believe dancing is specifically mentioned, though.

Thanks for you link. I checked out the site and it has great information on it. As for your knee, check this one out and let me know if it helps http://www.med.nyu.edu/hjd/harkness/patients/injuries/knee.html
 
#44
Never tried placing one in a latin shoes as I am not really a latin dancer, but my physical therapist has tried placing one in my standard court shoes. It did NOT work...(however, I have seen people with one in their court shoes). I just can't imagine one to work in a latin shoes.
Here is some info I found:

Practice Shoes for Ladies with Orthotics: Ladies Supadance (normal width) or International (wide width, by special order) practice shoes are excellent choices if you wear orthotics, featuring a wider forefoot area with a rounded toe. The length of the forefoot area is different in these models, the Supadance being shorter than the International. If one doesn't fit right, you might want to try the other model.
Social or Competitive Options for Ladies with Orthotics:
The Celebrity "Sophia" model is a basic pump with a slim buckle strap across the instep which can be ordered in many different materials including nude color leather and in multiple heel heights. The instep strap offers great support...no more elastic bands! The toe is a little more roomy than most other shoes and the shoe is thickly padded, yet still accomodates a slim orthotic.
Supadance model 1008 is a classic elasticized court shoe in satin and white/black/silver/gold leather. You can order this with a 2 inch heel if desired. This shoe has a shorter forefoot area than most others, so orthotics may not fit as well in this shoe.
Freed model "Cara" is a leather 2" heel pump with a scalloped edge along the top of the shoe. Light padding on the inside still seems to accomodate slim orthotics quite well. The V-front opening of the shoe is a great cut for bunion sufferers (at the big toe joint), minimizing rubbing along what is usually a tender area for most. Although advertised as a social dancing shoe (because it's made of leather rather than satin), it's very elegant and suitable for competition as well. It comes in a nude color as well as black.
Freed also carries a square-toed elasticized pump in both leather and satin with a 1-1/2 inch heel...a very comfortable and foot healthy option that accomodates orthotics well. This shoe is made especially for American dancers, so look for it in the U.S. at places like dancesportshoes.com.

http://www.usadanceseattle.org/pages/dancesupplies.html
 
#46
just to give an update. So, finally, someone was able to figure out what's wrong with my right foot. Apparently, one of the two Sesamoid bones on my right foot has a problem, and the shape of that looked pretty bad on the X ray. Unfortunately, there is currently still no solution other than trying to put some "dancer pads" inserts to my dance shoes which I doubt will work...

The spot right below the ball of my right foot is also slightly swallen. Very slight though that if you don't compare the RF with the LF, you probably won't catch it - hence, the reason why it has not been caught for 1.5 years. :(

The good news is that no one seems to think that I dance with an injuried foot including the various teachers whom I've danced with since the injury. OTOH, I do personally think that my foot has gotten weaker ever since :(
 
#48
just to give an update. So, finally, someone was able to figure out what's wrong with my right foot. Apparently, one of the two Sesamoid bones on my right foot has a problem, and the shape of that looked pretty bad on the X ray. Unfortunately, there is currently still no solution other than trying to put some "dancer pads" inserts to my dance shoes which I doubt will work...
I have a similar issue - only I have actually broken the inside sesamoid bone in my left foot.

Currently I have physio as needed to help keep it in check - the long term plan is to have surgery when I return home - apparently they will go in and take out the chip and smooth the rough edge on the sesamoid - and as I have bone spurs in both feet will probably get them done at the same time...be imoblie for the least amount of time... don't know the full details as didn't get to see a specialist before I left home

the other option is to have the sesamoid removed ... apparently some people don't have them.... having it removed can have an impact on ability to flex big toe...
 

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