Broken Foot Means Bye-Bye Broadway for Rumer Willis

Dancing in high heels could have contributed to Rumer's stress fractureJust a few months ago, Rumer Willis (daughter of Bruce and Demi Moore, in case you missed it) took Dancing with the Stars by storm, winning top prize and claiming the coveted mirror ball trophy.

Capitalizing on her victory, she was invited to play the role of Roxie Hart in Broadway’s Chicago, starting Aug. 18. But then, disaster struck. While performing in the DWTS Perfect 10 tour, she suffered a stress fracture in her right foot, landing her in a walking boot and relegating her to smiles and waves for the remainder of the tour.

And now, more bad news. Just days before her big debut, Rumer released a statement saying that her foot requires “further rehabilitation,” and she won’t take the stage until September 14. Dylis Croman will fill in for her during the nearly month-long delay.

When people think about sports injuries, they tend to forget that dancers are right up there with basketball, soccer and football players when it comes to risk of foot injuries. Between the sudden stops, starts and turns, not to mention the high-heels associated with the types of ballroom dances performed on DWTS, navigating the dance floor can be like walking through a minefield when you’re trying to avoid a foot injury.

While it is a dangerous sport, there are ways to prevent dance-related foot injuries (and to keep minor problems from becoming major setbacks.) If you are a frequent dancer and have concerns about your foot health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider so we can come up with a plan to keep you on your feet.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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