By Varun Gujral
March 11, 2015
Category: Ankle Sprain

Music award shows are a time for musicians to showcase their talents, introduce new songs, and put on a great performance. Sometimes though, that is not always the case. Music artists practice hours on hours for their show but that doesn’t mean everything will go as planned. That said, I think it is safe to say Madonna knows a thing or two about practice not making performances perfect. At the 2015 Brit Music Awards Madonna got to know the stage all too well. She was dressed in high heels, a dress, and a long cape—which of those do you think caused the fall? Believe it or not, nothing she did caused the fall—one of the backstage dancers was supposed to remove Madonna’s cape and in doing so, the cape got stuck to her and the dancer pulled her down. So, with the accumulation of high heels and a faulty cape-unraveling Madonna took a tumble.

High heels are definitely not the easiest shoes to walk in let alone perform in. It’s amazing to me when I see musicians on stage doing what they do in high heels. What I think really catches my attention is that we don’t hear a lot about injuries of performers. That could be because they want to keep it private or it just doesn’t happen that often because they are that good! Who knows?! What I do know is that I wouldn’t condone any random person off the streets to do it without proper training. Those who wear high heeled shoes are at a high risk of breaking or spraining their ankle. If you have had a bad bout with high heels please don’t hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ. We are highly trained foot and ankle surgeons who manage and treat any problem associated with your lower extremity. Most of these injuries are treated conservatively, meaning with rest, ice, compression, and elevation—or RICE. If that does not seem to do the trick you might need to wear a brace for added support while still doing RICE treatment. If these treatments don’t work over a period of about 4 months, surgery may be the next option. However, this is rarely the case.

Musicians are professionals and have been dancing on stage for most of their lives—with and without bizarre shoes—so they know what to do while up there. That’s not to say nothing will happen, as what happened in Madonna’s case. Even though it wasn’t all her fault, she still took a spill for the whole world to see.

By Varun Gujral