Is Derek Hough Foot Cursed?

Bindi and Derek, training through the foot painThis past spring, Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough was crippled by two simultaneous foot injuries—a broken toe on his right foot and a sprained left foot--forcing him to abandon partner Nastia Lukin for several weeks of competition.

Now, back on his feet for season 21, Hough’s partner Bindi Irwin is feeling his pain—literally—after suffering a foot injury during rehearsals.

"Bindi’s in a lot of pain, her foot’s hurting her," Hough observed in taped footage for the show. "Even though she’s not telling me, I can see it in her eyes." And the pain took its toll, leaving Hough and Irwin to deliver a mediocre performance in Week 2 of the competition.

Fortunately, Irwin does not seem to be dealing with a serious injury, but the fact that she continues to dance on the foot (and rock her high heels) gives me cause for concern. As I advise all my patients, rest is key when recovering from any kind of foot injury. Hopefully Bindi will find time to take it easy, avoiding a more serious injury like the one reigning DWTS champ Rumer Willis suffered this summer.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.