Common injuries of the feet in Dancers



Dancers require strength, flexibility and stamina, as they often train for 8 hours a day full time, and have several performances all through the weekend. Performing such repetitive high impact movements with insufficient recovery time lead to dancers being at high risk of injury.  Some common injuries that podiatrists see include:

Stress fractures

  • Particularly in the sesamoids, metatarsal bones, tibia

  • Usually due to the lack of recovery time between shows or training, as well as high loads and impact forces

How can we help? Laser therapy to improve tissue healing and reduce pain Taping techniques and padding to offload the area Footwear advice Rehabilitation program

Muscle sprains or strains/Achilles tendinopathy

How can we help? Shockwave therapy to reduce muscle tightness or spasms Ultrasound and laser therapy to improve tissue healing and reduce pain Interferential therapy to strengthen muscles  Dry Needling to promote tissue rehydration and healing Taping techniques and padding to offload the area

Trigger toe

  • Flexor hallucis longus tenosynovitis

  • Due to going on pointe in ballet

How can we help? Early identification and referral for surgery Stretching techniques Shockwave therapy to reduce muscle tightness or spasms Dry Needling to help to loosen the tissue taut band Ultrasound and laser therapy to improve tissue healing and reduce pain

Lateral ankle sprains/Ankle impingement

  • Due to the high impact forces of jumping, leaping and turning

How can we help? Laser therapy to improve tissue healing and reduce pain Ultrasound and laser therapy to improve tissue healing and reduce pain Dry Needling to reduce tension in the lateral ankle and muscle balance Taping techniques and padding to offload the area Fitting for CAM walker Rehabilitation program including re-strengthening of the ankle and stretching of tight muscles Mobilisation techniques

Patellofemoral knee pain, hip pain (snapping) and arthritis 

  • Due to the high impact forces of jumping, leaping and bending of the knee and hip joints

Dry needling Laser and shockwave therapy for tissue healing and repair Pain management Knee bracing/taping Rehabilitation program 

Ingrown toenails

  • From narrow footwear and being on pointe

  • Traumatised nails lead to pain and sometimes infection

How can we help? Nail taping techniques Filing and cutting the toenail conservatively Partial or total nail avulsion Offloading techniques If you do experience a dance injury be it from professional dancing or just from social dancing, we would love to help you with early intervention, pain management and getting you back on the dance floor as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have any queries on how we can help.

Phone: 1800 778 316

82 Bridport Street, Albert Park 3206

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PODIATRY, CHIROPRACTIC & FOOTWEAR

82 Bridport St, Albert Park Vic 3206

PH: 1800 778 316     Fax: (03) 9923 6701

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