Mar 14, 2017
It’s St. Patrick’s Day soon and all around we see people wearing green, celebrating Irish heritage and admiring the Irish step dancers at parades and performances. Irish step dancing, a traditional style of performance that originated in Ireland is characterized by a stiff upper body and quick, precise movements of the feet. Many schools teach the traditional dance and it remains popular among wee lasses and some lads.
This beautiful dance form does come with risk for the dancers. In a 2010 issue of the journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, research published indicated that, in a study of Irish step dancers:
Another study, published in the March 2010 Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, found that only 3 in 18 professional Irish step dancers had “normal” ankles. Top Irish dance injuries of the foot and ankle included the following:
“The majority of any dance related injuries, including those from Irish step dancing are caused by overuse rather than trauma,” says Dr. Stephanie Hook. “While many of the injuries reported in the journals may be in professional dancers, it is important for local dance students and their parents to keep these tips in mind for preventing injuries during Irish step dance practice and performance:
If injuries should occur, the SOS Foot & Ankle team provides comprehensive support for patients in Central New York with a unique group of professionals whose expertise allow for total management of a patient’s foot health. The team includes two fellowship-trained, board certified orthopedic surgeons, two podiatrists and a pedorthist. For more information or an appointment, visit our Foot & Ankle Team
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