Written by a Novice/Pre-amateur competitive dancer for 5 months between 1996 - Apr 97.....
"Oh-oh, I'm having the tired feeling in my feet again, I don't think I can go another round on the dance floor. I really have to rest, I can't dance anymore!!!" and promptly collapsed onto the dance floor, pulling my partner along too. Does this sound familiar to anyone out there? Many a times my feet played me out as they got tired before any other parts of my anatomy, even when compared to my poor swan neck which a lady has to stick out when dancing most of the time!
First Pair of Social Dancing Shoes
When I was a social dancer, I used to wear street shoes with 2.5" heels and danced for 4 hours at a stretch 3 to 4 times a week without feeling any strain in my feet. I bought my first pair of locally made dancing shoes costing S$35 in patent black leather but was ridiculed by my Mother (who is still dancing) for not aiming for 3" ones (she's used to wearing 3-4" heels) !
My 1st-3rd pairs of shoes
were retired long time ago. My 4th pair was gold leather round toe slim heel
which I'm using as competition cum practice shoes presently, 5th pair was silver
leather sharp toe slim heel which was my favorite and used entirely as practice
shoes (now formally retired after reaching 1 year old) and the 6th pair was
satin sharp toe slim heel and is still utilized as competition shoes. My 7th
pair which is a black round toe 1.5" cuban heel practice shoes which I'm
currently wearing most of the time.
Cause of Pain
Have anyone heard of Morton's
Neuroma? For those of you that don't have and/or don't know what Morton's Neuroma
is, youre fortunate. It is a pinched/swollen nerve in the foot usually
between the 3rd and 4th toe. It is most often found in women (90% of the cases)
who wear high heels. It manifests itself as a 'cramped toe' or 'burning sensation'.
Some dancers resort to either traditional cure like propping up their feet after
a dance, sticking cotton balls in-between the toes, rubbing medicated oilment
all over and having their dance partner giving them foot messages.
Choice & Suggestion
Whatever treatment it is, I hope that my pain will go away without ever recurring again. I would rather go for the traditional cures as anything which is natural will last longer than a re-constructed one. Maybe when I'm 50 years or above with no other choice then will I consider the drastic methods. Any body out there has better remedies?
|This article was published on Tuesday 01 April, 1997.|
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