Foot Injuries From Zumba

Zumba can be a wildly fun way of keeping in shape, however, more and more injuries are being seen from participation in this popular dance fitness program. Such injuries include ankle sprains and fractures, knee problems, overuse injuries, and back problems. In Zumba, there are several movements that require synchronizing hips, knees, feet, and ankles so that they go in the same direction. If one moves in one direction and the joint does not want to follow, it is a set-up for injury. New Zumba participants are particularly at risk because they are often drawn to this fitness routine as a fun way to exercise, and their bodies are not prepared for the intensity. Wearing properly fitting footwear, taking classes from an experienced instructor who will mix up high intensity with low impact moves, not doing Zumba on carpet or hard tile, and not taking overly crowded classes where participants can run into each other will all help in preventing Zumba-related injuries. If you participate in Zumba and experience foot and ankle pain, please see a chiropodist for treatment options.

Injuries to the foot and ankle are very common among athletes. If you have experienced an injury, please consult with one of the chiropodists from The Footcare Centre. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Injuries Among Athletes: 

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Fractures

  • Turf toe 

  • Joint dislocations

  • Sever’s disease

  • Morton’s neuroma


Symptoms will depend on the cause and severity of the injury. Common symptoms for a foot or ankle injury include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, a reduced range of motion, and difficulty bearing weight or walking on the affected foot or ankle. 


Sports injuries are typically diagnosed after carefully examining the affected foot or ankle. This includes moving the injured area to test its range of motion. Medical history will need to be provided, as well as detailed information about how the injury occurred. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, may be used to confirm or rule out certain diagnoses. 


Just like symptoms, treatment will depend on the type of injury and its severity. Initial treatment for many sports injuries is aimed at controlling inflammation and promoting the healing response. The acronym R.I.C.E is a helpful guide to implement for most acute injuries. This method involves resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot or ankle. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications may be administered and orthotic devices may be prescribed. For more severe injuries, surgery may be required. Lastly, rehabilitation or physical therapy may be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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