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Injuries Common to Dancers

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Many people do not realize that dancers are athletes, too. Their feet, which are involved in nearly every movement, take a great deal of pounding from jumps, leaps, and running – sometimes while wearing toe shoes. In addition, because of the nature of dancing, the ankles as well as the feet and toes are always at risk of injury. One of the common injuries is known as a dancer’s fracture, which affects the 5th metatarsal, and is caused by landing on the side of the foot or twisting an ankle. Landing awkwardly from a jump or leap also can cause a sprained ankle. Bunions and other toe deformities are common to dancers, exacerbated by wearing shoes that can be up to two sizes smaller than their feet. Wearing toe shoes also may aggravate the big toe joint and aid in bunion formation. Stress fractures of the feet are often the result of repetitive movements that can cause the bones to weaken. Anyone who spends a lot of time dancing may wish to have an ongoing relationship with a podiatrist who can examine, diagnose, and treat injuries related to their activity.   

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from Farah Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Trenton, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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