Latin dancing may lead to bunions

Dancing shoes place pressure on toes and soles

Latin dancing can lead to bunionsLadies who twirl and twist to the sound of Latin music while wearing high heels may be shooting themselves in the foot, as researchers have found that the activity places excessive pressure on the metatarsal and lateral regions of the appendage.

In a study that was published in the journal Inderscience, a team of scientists found that regardless of heel height, dancing in shoes that place pressure on the toes and soles may cause bunions, hammer toe or plantar fasciitis.

Whether the shoe had a 4.5 centimeter (cm) heel or was 10 cm high, the damage appeared to be the same.

"The effect of the heel height in dancing is different from normal gait and the lateral metatarsal region was identified as the most intensely affected zone in dancing," said the study authors.

 Bunion splints help avoid bunion surgery

Women who don't want to give up Latin dancing, or other dancing in heels, may want to consider bunion splints or orthotics. The devices have been shown to prevent or treat the foot conditions without the need for painful bunion surgery, which may lead to other complications in a dance routine, like hindered movement or disability. 

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