They swing, they twirl, they dance the night away! Swing dancing has been around for decades, initially made popular in the roaring ‘20s. If you’ve ever wished you could learn to dance, start with swing. Not only is it beginner-friendly, but the Swing Lounge on Main Street offers lessons and an open dance every Thursday night at the One Oh One Art Gallery in Mesa, Arizona. All ages can learn this type of dancing, though if you already struggle with lower limb issues like ankle pain, you should get in the habit of stretching before you kick up your heels.
Many issues can cause pain in your ankles. It could be the result of an injury, like a sprain or a fracture, or just general wear and tear over the years. Your ankle supports a lot of weight, so it is susceptible to a variety of problems and discomfort. Over time, this can stiffen the ankle and make it harder to use. Keeping it strong and maintaining its range of motion is important for your mobility—particularly if you try dancing!
Stretches can help improve your ankle flexibility and potentially alleviate some ankle pain. Here are a few for you to try:
Ankle circles – Sitting in a chair, hold one foot out in front of you. Rotate it 10 times clockwise then repeat another 10 rotations counterclockwise. Then switch and do the other foot.
Calf raises – Stand with your feet roughly shoulder width apart. Raise your heels up as high as they can go, balancing on your toes, and hold for one second. Then lower and repeat 10 times.
Manual ankle stretch – Sitting in a chair, prop the stiff ankle up on your knee. Grasp your toes with your hands. Very gently pull your toes toward your body and stop when you feel the stretch. Hold for 10 seconds.
Keeping your joints moveable and strong can go a long way in helping you stay active, even with ankle pain. If your ankles are too uncomfortable and interfering with your ability to enjoy activities, let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona check and care for them. Just make an appointment at one of our offices through our website, or by calling or faxing: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler; or call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert.
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