Dancing Woes

To all our Dancing Bloggers out there, we feel your pain and we definitely understand your agony! As a matter of fact, a few of your FFA team members are a passionate part of the dancing community around Frederick. And you can ask anyone of these ladies about their past and present foot and ankle sacrifices for the love of dance.

For instance, the constant twirling, spinning, jumping, and leaping performed in most dance moves makes you most susceptible for painful ankle sprains. Overtime each move makes you into a more elegant dancer and more flexible with each repetition, however to do this you must increase the laxity within your ligaments. The same ligaments that allow the most beautiful ballet dancers to stay en pointe can also cause their career downfalls, predisposing them to chronic ankle sprains. Also in the foot of a dancer there are bones that can shift into abnormal positions from constant strain with types of classical dancing.

You might develop chronic tendon problems such as Achilles tendonitis or FHL tendonitis. Your Achilles tendon runs along the back of your ankle into your heel bone with might cause sharp pain when you’re trying to bust a move. Also the FHL tendon runs from the back of your ankle under your foot to the bottom of your big toe. So if this tendon gets inflamed from overuse, each time you go to push off is a painful one.

Not to mention somehow shoving your regular sized feet into tiny ballet slippers or tight tap shoes. Think about what that does to your poor little toes. This can predispose you to bunions of the 1st and 5th toes. It can also cause painful blisters and calluses to form at the tips, tops and between your toes!
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about common dancing foot or ankle injuries with me or another one of your knowledgeable podiatrist, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MDand Urbana, MD. We can set you up the proper evaluation and treatment plan to help you relieve your foot and ankle pains; don’t hesitate visiting your local podiatrists!

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