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Dancers

 We encourage everyone to have a well planned and executed exercise regimen. Sometimes people start a sport such as dance, softball, lacrosse, or ballet when they are a kid and continue into adult hood! While that’s excellent (many people fall out of their sport after highschool) we want everyone to realize as you grow older, so do your bones, joints and muscles. This is just a precautionary to say be mindful of your body and pay attention to what it needs including rest!

Many injuries from sports can happen due to overuse. Here are some injuries that many pointe dancers and ballet dancers suffer from (good news though, there are treatments!):

Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever’s Disease):

  • What: Inflammation (swelling) of your heel’s growth plate

  • Who: Affects children between 8-14 because heel bone not fully developing before age 14

  • Why: Caused by overuse and stress on heel bone through sports or if you have flat feet or a high-arched foot

Hammertoes:

  • What: When your toes curl under- similar to a claw

  • Who: Those who wear poorly fitting shoes or shoes that are too narrow for long periods of time

  • Why: A hammertoe may result if a toe is too long and is forced into a cramped position when a tight shoe is worn

Sesamoiditis/Sesamoid Fractures:

  • What: A bone embedded in a tendon

  • Who: Typically athletes requiring increased pressure on the ball of the foot (ballet)

  • Why: A direct blow or impact (acute fracture); overuse and stress (stress fracture); overuse, and increased pressure to the sesamoid bone (sesamoiditis)

Midfoot Arthritis:

  • What: Arthritis causing pain, swelling and nerve pain on top of foot

  • Who & Why: Prone to people with extremely high arches and bunion formalities

Bunions:

  • What: A bump on the side of the big toe or pinky toe

  • Who and Why: Mostly caused by genetics- if your parents or grandparents have them, you might get them; wearing poorly fitting shoes generally makes the problem worse

Os Trigonum:

  • What: a small, round bone that sits just behind the ankle joint

  • Who: ballet dancers who assume pointe and demi pointe positions. These positions maximally plantarflex the ankle (point the toes down), and can cause the os trigonum to become pinched in the space behind the ankle

  • Why: the small bone can get caught in the ankle, and even prevent normal motion

Plantar Fasciitis:

  • What: is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the ball of the foot.

  • Who: Those wearing non-supportive footwear for long periods of time puts strain on the plantar fascia

  • Why: Overuse injury (same as tendonitis)- a sudden increase in exercise

If any of these conditions sound familiar, don’t hesitate to have them treated- the sooner the better!