Mid-foot arch support use after marathon dance

Penn State students dance to raise money for pediatric cancer research

arch support for marathon danceAbout 700 students recently filled the Bryce Jordan Center for the annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, dancing for 46 hours straight to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Since 1977, the dancing students have raised more than $78 million for the cause. The event, affectionately referred to as Thon, has become a beloved event on campus.

“It’s not going to be a friendly morning tomorrow, but it’s Thon," senior Daniel Cohen told the Associated Press.

Students hopped from foot to foot and rolled tennis balls under their arches to relieve the foot pain caused by the marathon dance session. Their spirits will likely be high following the event, but some may experience foot problems associated with dancing.

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries reports that fallen arches are common among dancers due to the constant stress put on their feet.

Mid-foot arch support prevents fallen arches

Luckily, Penn State students may not have to take time off from school due to foot pain since many podiatrists recommend the use of medial mid-foot braces to prevent fallen arches or stress fractures, which may occur from long hours of repetitive movement.  

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