At Sandbach Day Of Dance there will be many Morris Dancers entertaining the crowds and keeping British traditions alive. Morris dancers are well known for their traditional music, costumes, bells, sticks and clogs.
Clogs are a traditional type of footwear defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “thick piece of wood” or a “wooden soled overshoe” and a
“shoe with a thick wooden sole”. They are often associated with cheap and folkloric footwear of farmers and the working class, although some types of clogs such as Swedish clogs or Japanese geta are still considered fashionable today.
Another important feature of the clog is the percussive sound they make against the floor. Which is why they are ideal for traditional dance. However hard wooden soles are not ideal when it comes preventing injuries, especially those caused by impact.
Morris Dancing may not look like a strenuous activity but a report carried out in 1989 found that 1/3
of Morris Dancers become injured every year. Out of these injuries 33% were to the ankle and 22% to the calf. The report concluded injuries could be prevented by selecting safer surfaces to dance on and that the severity of injuries could probably be reduced by
seeking more and better treatment.
Unfortunately Morris Dancers usually have little choice but to dance on hard wooden or concrete surfaces or in the case of Sandbach cobbled surfaces. Therefore it is vital for Morris dancers to use cushioned insoles with in their clogs and to make sure their musculoskeletal systems are able to with stand the impacts. As podiatrists are foot and lower limb experts they are in an ideal position to help dancers of all types overcome their injures.