ABC announces DWTS cast, may want to consider an investment in bunion splints

Reality stars and fashion gurus and television hosts, oh my! The new cast of Dancing With the Stars (DWTS) has been announced, and it appears as though we may be in for an entertaining season.

ABC reports that actor David Arquette, Cher's son Chaz Bono, fashion expert Carson Kressley, basketball player Ron Artest, George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, reality star Kristin Cavallari, actress Ricki Lake, actor J.R. Martinez, former wrestler Chynna Phillips, soccer player Hope Solo, Headline News host Nancy Grace and aspiring model Rob Kardashian will all be strutting their stuff in the upcoming season beginning Sept. 19.

Let's all take a minute to absorb that and think about Nancy Grace and Ron Artest doing the cha cha. Good stuff, right?

While the seemingly diverse group of celebrities may have earned their star status in different ways, I'm betting ABC chose them because of one common factor: their likelihood to cause drama. You didn't think I was going to say dancing ability, did you?

But, dance they will. If they're anything like previous contestants, they may all be in need of bunion splints and casts when they're through. Talk show host Wendy Williams and Kelly Osbourne, daughter of rocker Ozzy, were on earlier seasons of DWTS, and both have publicly complained of their bunions. Additionally, dancer Kym Johnson and actor Ryan O'Neal reportedly sustained injuries during their stints on the show.

Unfortunately for Carson Kressley, he'll be getting off on a bad foot, so to speak.

"I know you have to work incredibly hard. And I was telling Anna, 'I have two left feet and one of them has a bunion,'" Kressley said on Good Morning America. "If we have to practice eight hours to be good, I want to practice 20 hours. We're going to be inseparable."

Well, Carson, I hate to break it to you, but going on DWTS probably won't do anything to help your bunion. The medical journal Clinics in Sports Medicine reports that the forces placed on the first metatarsophalangeal joint help bunions thrive and grow, like a fame-seeker in the limelight.

Bunion surgery is not a great option for dancers, since it hinders flexibility and movement in the joint of the big toe, which would make for a rather clumsy samba, I believe.

Instead, perhaps Kressley and any other cast members currently hiding their bunions should try using the Bunion Aid by Alpha Orthotics. The bunion splint has a hinged design to allow users to walk while correcting their bunions or hammer toe.