Crowd Surfing Can Be Hazardous to Your Feet


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The jump that started The past few weeks, the media and fashion blogs have been abuzz with items about Coachella, the ultimate hipster music festival. Even though I’m a Houston podiatrist and not on the Arts beat, I was craving a way to jump into the fray. And then Florence Welch handed me that opportunity.

While performing with her band Florence and the Machine, Welch was dancing up and down the stage wearing a long, flowing pantsuit. She was so energized by the set, during which the band performed numbers from their upcoming album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” that she decided to jump off the stage and into the crowd.

The good news is, the set got great reviews and was considered to be one of the best sets played at the festival. The bad news? According to a post on Florence’s Facebook page, “I’m so sorry to say that after what was one of my favorite shows ever at Coachella, I have discovered I have broken my foot from leaping off the stage. Unfortunately while this heals, my performances will have to be somewhat stripped back.” 

The band hasn’t cancelled any schedule performances in the wake of the injury, but I can only hope that “scaled back” means to Welch what it means to me: taking the pressure off the fractured foot so it can heal; not standing or walking for extended periods of time, even with the help of a walking boot; and DEFINITELY not crowd surfing!

Giving your bones a real break after a fracture will give you the best possible opportunity of making a full recovery from your injury. If you suspect you may have broken a bone in your toes, feet or ankles, come see Dr. Andrew Schneider for an expertly crafted recovery plan.

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