Dancing is an extremely challenging workout. Now-a-days, many of the more popular workouts involve some sort of dance or up-beat style movements, Zumba being the most popular. The hit television show, “Dancing with the Stars”, is one of the most popular shows to date. It involves a duet between a celebrity and professional dancer in which they compete in different style dances throughout the season. But whether you are a professional dancer or not, anyone is prone to an injury. Unfortunately, professional dancer Derek Hough sustained an injury during a practice run last week. It was reported that Hough broke a toe on his right foot and sprained both sides of his left ankle with a subsequent bone bruise to that same foot. It does not say how he injured himself, but from the sound of it he had to have taken a pretty nasty fall or a spin gone badly.

A broken toe to a dancer is like a torn rotator cuff for a pitcher. Dancers are constantly on their toes or balls of their feet and without a healthy toe they cannot perform the way want. Sadly, broken toes are treated very conservatively because there is really no other treatment because of how small the bones are. So treatment usually consists of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) for approximately four to six weeks or until you see healing on x-ray. Likewise, ankle sprains are treated pretty much the same way with RICE for the same amount of time. However, prior to administering that treatment, x-rays will be taken to rule out any fractures that may have occurred. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ know exactly what to do when it comes to proper treatment of broken toes and sprains. So if you or someone you know has experienced an injury like this, please do not hesitate to call our office and make an appointment.

 We hope Mr. Hough has a speedy recovery and gets back to doing what he loves most as soon as he can (pending doctor’s orders)!

 By Nrupa Shah