Ballet dancers have risk of bunions

Mila Kunis suffered for her role in Black Swan

Mila Kunis suffers foot painActress Mila Kunis was recently interviewed by W magazine about her role as a ballerina in Black Swan and said she had underestimated the foot pain that would be involved. 

She told the news source that she will never dance again and that on top of torn ligaments and a dislocated shoulder, the worst pain stemmed from her dance shoes.

"I was like, 'Well I wear heels; I can do this.' I was wrong: Christian Louboutins are uncomfortable, but I screamed the first time I put on a pointe shoe," Kunis said.

The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries reports that there are many risks to the foot and ankle involved in dance, including fracture, lateral ankle sprain and hallux valgus, or bunions.

Typically, dancers feel foot pain from bunions and hammer toes while performing jumps or stands where the toes bear much of the dancer's weight.

Dancers can avoid bunion surgery with a bunion splint

Luckily, performing artists may be able to avoid painful bunion surgery. Many podiatrists recommend bunion splints or orthotics to prevent or treat the conditions, which could be a hindrance to these individuals' careers. 


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