Posts for tag: Dancing with the Stars

The 17 year old daughter of Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin, recently took home the mirror ball trophy after winning “Dancing With The Stars”. The win didn’t come easy for her though, she had several emotional struggles after dances dedicated to her late father Steve Irwin “The Crocodile Hunter” who passed away in 2006.  Furthermore, she sustained an ankle injury in the early weeks of the show but with proper treatment and a strong will, she managed to come back for the win. Sprained ankles are common injuries among dancers and other athletes as well as among everyday people too. A sprained ankle occurs when one or more of the ligaments supporting the ankle are either completely or partially torn.

Sprained ankles occur when you twist or roll your foot in a motion it isn’t intended too with a great force. This is very common among dancers as they leap during their dance routines. If they land on their feet the wrong way or push off wrong, the force can tear those supporting ligaments. This can also happen during everyday tasks such as walking around. If you happen to step on an object you don’t see and slip or step off a sidewalk wrong you can easily sprain your ankle. The first symptom you will probably notice following an ankle sprain is pain around your ankle. It will be a sharp pain at first that turns into a throbbing pain. There will also be some swelling, warmth, and redness in the area as well.

Ankle sprains are commonly diagnosed based on patient history and a physical exam. X-rays will be taken to rule out fractures or any other possible problems. Ankle sprains are commonly treated following the acronym RICE which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. By doing this, it will reduce the swelling and promote healing which will get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. In order to prevent future injuries, ankle strengthening exercises can be performed such as moving your ankles in a circle in the air or writing the alphabet with your toes in the air. Once you are sure your ankle injury is healed, you can do more resistance type exercises such as step ups or walking on your toes as well as stretching your ankle with a towel.

With proper treatment and rehabilitation, you too can come back from an ankle injury like Bindi did to win “Dancing With The Stars”. We here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ congratulate Bindi Irwin on her recent victory of dancing with the stars. If you think you are suffering from an ankle sprain or would like more information about ankle sprains, please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care.

By Nrupa Shah

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



One of the most popular shows on TV today is “Dancing with the Stars”, and I know that we are all envious of how everyone on the show can move and ‘shake it’. And I guarantee we all wish we could look that good when we dance instead of looking silly! But the dancers and stars are putting a lot of stress on their feet, and are at risk for multiple different injuries. One major injury these dancers are at risk for is a ruptured Achilles tendon.  I’m sure everyone has heard of that, but where and what exactly is an Achilles tendon? Feel the back of your ankle, that hard thing that is going down to the back of your heel, that is your Achilles tendon. It attaches your calf muscles to your heel and is very important is helping stabilize and move your foot; so you can imagine that rupturing this tendon would be devastating.

How exactly does a rupture occur? A common way for the stars to get this by starting strenuous activity after a period of inactivity; another common way to injury this tendon is by suddenly flexing your foot upward or downward when landing on it. Dancing is a very common place to see this injury, along with other sports such as football and basketball.

The symptoms common with this injury include hearing and feeling a pop or snap at the back of the heel followed by an intense, sharp pain going up the back of the leg. There will be an inability to flex the foot downward, so there will be an inability to walk properly on the foot.

If you have any of these symptoms seek medical attention immediately! An injury like this is very serious and will require surgery and a period of rehabilitation.  Fortunately your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison are here to help!


By Nrupa Shah