Podiatrist, Dr. Robert Weiss states, "there are some 12 million people worldwide who are taking up this cardiovascular dance called Zumba. However popular this new dance exercise is, beware of injuries that are caused by the high impact as one moves in a flying position. One may not notice when they have "zumba'd" their own bodies into unnatural and inadvisable positions, often landing in an imbalanced position. Many are being treated for severe heel pain and, in some cases, a potentially more serious condition of 'compartment syndrome' from the high-impact. Compartment syndrome can be a serious condition that involves increased pressure in a muscle grouping. This can lead to muscle and nerve damage, or a problem with blood flow, which is a medical emergency. The symptoms are decreased sensation, severe pain that gets worse, and weakness. In other cases, there can be ankle strains due to lateral movements or, even worse, fractured bones. It's most important to know your limits. Pre-warm-up, even exercise with stretching and strengthening, is of value, but do not get carried away while in motion and Zumba with care and caution!"
Actually, several of the Foot Specialists who work at our Foot Clinic are participating in this activity. So far so good as they are both in excellent physical condition. If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice or quality foot care and custom orthotics, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-465-8737.