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Ballerina Feet

Ballet, especially when practicing the pointe technique, can lead to foot pain, injuries, and potential long-term damage. Pointe shoes, made with dense materials, support a dancer's body weight on fully extended feet, making it a challenging form of dance for the feet. Common foot injuries among ballet dancers include blisters, ingrown toenails, and sprained ankles. Bunions and stress fractures may also affect ballet dancers. These injuries can result from intense training and repetitive movements. Dancers typically transition to pointe shoes between ages 11 and 13, after their foot bones have ossified or hardened. Male ballet dancers, who do more lifting and jumping, are also susceptible to foot issues, such as Achilles tendonitis and sprained ankles. Continuing to dance with untreated foot injuries can lead to permanent damage, especially for professional dancers who spend extended periods on pointe. Some injuries, if left untreated, may require surgical intervention. Treatment for dance-related foot injuries varies depending on the cause and severity. If you are a dancer or your child is starting to dance, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to understand how to take care of the feet best to prevent long-term consequences of participating in this activity.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA and Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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