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Dancing and Your Feet: Get in the Groove

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If you’re interested in trying to dance but aren’t sure where to start, how to learn, or if you’ll even be able to do it, belly dancing lessons may be for you. East Pennsboro Recreation in East Pennsboro Township is offering lessons for people of all ages and experience levels. Belly dancing is an aerobic style that works the core muscles in the back and stomach and is easy to jump into—whether or not you’ve ever stepped onto a dance floor before. Since it’s usually done barefoot, you also don’t have to invest in expensive shoes to get started. It’s also much less likely to result in some of the painful foot and ankle injuries you see in other styles, making it a safe starting point for your activities.

Dance has been around in various forms and styles for almost as long as society has existed. Some types are easy to pick up, while others require years of intense training to perfect. There are a couple things all dances have in common, however: they use the body to create aesthetic movement, and they are intensely physical. If you’re looking for a way to become more active, dance is a great place to start.

Dancing injuries, however, can ruin a fun and beautiful activity and put you on the sidelines watching for a while. The jumps, spins, and rapid movements of many dances require incredible foot and ankle strength and stability. Injuries are almost inevitable. Stress fractures, full fractures, sprains, bunions, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon problems of all kinds, and regular toe injuries are commonplace in the dancing world, especially if you participate often or without proper warm-ups and conditioning.

When you begin dancing, make sure you consult with experts like those here at Martin Foot and Ankle about the best ways to protect your lower limbs and avoid injuries. If you experience pain in your lower limbs while dancing, don’t ignore the problem and risk further complicating any potential injury. Instead, contact our office for an appointment or more information and eliminate your foot or ankle pain. Visit the online contact page or call (717) 757-3537 to reach us.

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Dr. Jeffrey A. Dunkerley
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