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Common Foot Injuries Among Dancers

Dance is an intense sport that can be particularly hard on the feet. Dancers are prone to a variety of foot and ankle injuries. Fifth metatarsal fractures, also known as dancer’s fractures, occur when the fifth metatarsal bone along the outside of the foot is broken. A dancer may incur this injury after making a bad landing from a jump. Sesamoiditis, an overuse injury, causes pain under the big toe. Bunions, which are bony growths located at the base of the big toe joint, are common among both dancers and in the general population. However, dancers often develop bunions at earlier ages than non-dancers. Other foot and ankle injuries that a dancer is at risk for include hallux rigidus, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and Achilles tendonitis. If you are a dancer, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist regularly. This specialist can diagnose and treat your foot problems as well as offer advice on preventive measures against injury. 

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 Houston Foot and Ankle. 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 offices located in Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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