What is Aerobic Dancing?
More than 24 million people participate in aerobics. Aerobic dance has become a sport where people can stay in shape, lose weight and have fun while doing so. There are different forms of aerobics including low-impact, swim, and high-impact. Dance is still the predominant form and may be inspired by ballet, country line dancing, salsa or even hip-hop. An aerobic dance session includes a warm-up stretch followed by dancing to music, usually at a fast pace. Some of the workout regimens are geared to high impact cardiovascular workout.
It's a good idea to see a podiatrist specializing in sports medicine before beginning an aerobics regimen. The podiatrist can examine your feet, gait, and natural biomechanics to see how much of a risk your feet face when partaking in aerobic exercise.
Effects on the Feet
Because aerobic dancing involves quick side to side movements, jumping, and leaping for extended periods of time, proper care of the feet plays a critical part in keeping the entire body fit. Without proper care, the feet and ankles can suffer from severe overuse injuries.
If your feet suffer from excess pronation or your ankles tend to turn inward or outward too much, it's especially important to see a podiatrist. They may recommend the use of an orthotic device, especially if you plan to partake in aerobic activities.
Proper shoes are crucial to successful, injury-free aerobics. Shoes should provide sufficient cushioning and shock absorption to balance the pressure on the foot that is many times greater than the pressure from walking. They must also have good side-to-side stability. Shoes should also have thick upper leather or strap support to provide stability and to prevent slippage of the foot. Make sure shoes have a toe box that is high enough to prevent irritation of toes and nails. If toes and nails are irritated it can cause hammertoes, bunions, calluses, and ingrown toenails as a result.
Once you've found the proper shoes, tie them securely, but not too tightly. Make sure there is enough room in the toe box. Double-tie the laces to prevent them from becoming loose and tripping you up during your exercise.
If you do injure yourself during an aerobic dance class, it is important to seek the help of a podiatrist right away. Simple foot pain can lead to larger, more severe problems down the road. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Make your feet our top priority.