Aliona Vilani of the BBC Show "Strictly Come Dancing" Will Be Temporarily Replaced Due to Ankle Fracture
Aliona Vilani, who had been paired with TV host Johnny Ball for the celebrity dance competition “Strictly Come Dancing,” fractured her ankle while practicing a tango routine and may need to be off her feet and out of the competition for the next 2-4 weeks.
Last year, Vilani was victorious in the competition, winning first place alongside her celebrity dance partner, Harry Judd. Johnny Ball was obviously upset about his dance partner’s injury, but he will get a very capable replacement. Iveta Lukosiute, who has appeared on another popular dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” will be standing in for Vilani as Johnny Ball’s dance partner while she heals. Vilani has been tweeting from her hospital bed and posting pictures, some of which are painful looking photos of her injury. However, judging from her comments, the dancer seems upbeat and positive despite her fractured ankle.
Dance can be difficult on your feet, especially when you are pushing yourself and training for long hours as these competitors probably do. However, even dance aerobics, which many of us do on a regular basis to keep in shape, can be hard on your feet and ankles and you need to take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself from injury. Some of those precautions include:
- Wearing the proper shoes. Don’t just throw on some old tennis shoes to go to the exercise or dance studio. There are shoes available that are made especially for dance and dance aerobics. They will give you more support and allow for twisting and turning.
- Properly stretching and warming up before you begin. It is very important to stretch your muscles, tendons and ligaments well and allow time for a warm-up and cool-down when you exercise.
- Not pushing your body too far. Ease into your workouts and don’t choose routines that are too vigorous for you.
- Exercising on the proper surfaces. Exercise and dance on safe, even surfaces to decrease your likelihood of injury. Experts recommend hardwood floors as the best for dancing and aerobic exercises, especially ones with padded mats.
If you have any questions about exercising and dancing in a safe way for your feet and ankles, you can visit our website at www.neufoot.com for more tips. Or if you would like to make an appointment, you can set up an appointment online or call our office at 615-220-8788.
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