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Dancers Can Prolong Their Dancing Careers with Timely Intervention from APMA Podiatrists

 

 

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For : American Podiatric Medical Association, Inc.

Date Added : October 6, 2009 Views : 1657
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Bethesda, MD (PRLEAK ) September 30, 2009 – The popular TV show ‘Dancing with the stars' is back for its ninth season, with a larger than ever cast that includes Tom Delay, former member of the United States House of Representatives from Sugar Land, Texas, and Republican House Majority Leader from 2003–2005. In spite of a ‘pre-stress fracture' on his right foot, Delay is persistent to go on with the show. Many celebrities have encountered the same problem over the years, as dancing takes its toll on the feet if proper precautionary measures are not taken. However, early intervention and proper medical treatment by a podiatrist will keep dancers fit for the season.

According to APMA President Ronald D. Jensen, DPM, dancing is a rigorous physical activity that poses a risk of injury when performed over an extended period. However, the recurrence of foot injuries can be prevented by following a few simple steps.

America's craze for dance is evident from the growing number of dance shows, giving rise to an increasing number of dancers as well. Dancers are advised to wear shoes that are specific to the dance type and are cautioned to consult their podiatrist, who would be in a better position to guide them. Any sign of pain or injury should be immediately attended to by a podiatrist.

Among ‘Dancing with the Stars' contestants to suffer foot ailments are Tom Delay, who suffered from foot stress fracture. This is caused by repeated stress on the bone, which leads to a small crack that has a tendency to cause a fracture. The symptoms include pain and swelling which can worsen if left untreated. A podiatrist can help patients minimize healing time and return to regular activities as soon as possible.

Misty-May Treanor suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. The tendon is the thickest and strongest that runs from the heel to the calf. Excessive jumping can rupture the tendon right above the ankle. Warning signs include pain and swelling, which needs to be attended to by a podiatrist in order to avoid further rupture.
Broken toes are common among athletes, which is caused by repetitive movement and is accompanied by swelling, stiffness, and bruising. Dancer Lance Bass experienced this type of injury during the show. Some broken toe injuries need taping, or casting and even surgery in extreme cases. In this case, a podiatrist can take x-rays and administer proper treatment.

For more information on foot injuries visit www.apma.org.
About APMA: American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the officially recognized organization for DPMs or doctors of podiatric medicine. Podiatrists are qualified to diagnose and treat foot, ankle, and other leg injuries as physicians and surgeons as well. DPMs undergo a four-year undergraduate education program, and four years of graduate education at accredited podiatric medical colleges and two to three years of residency training at a hospital. APMA has 53 branches across the US with a membership of over 12000 podiatrists.



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