Dance is a beautiful art form, but it can take a toll on the dancer’s feet. Foot injuries are common among dancers because of the repetitive and high-impact movements involved. One foot injury that many dancers experience is metatarsalgia or pain and inflammation in the balls of the feet. This condition can result from a variety of things, including excessive flexibility, repetitive stress on the metatarsal bones, improper technique, and inadequate footwear. A dancer can practice prevention techniques to maintain their health and the quality of their performance. Resting and strengthening the muscles on the bottom of the feet often help with inflammation and pain. An example of an exercise that is useful is toe scrunches, which involves pulling a towel across the floor inward with the toes. Adding cushioning to dance shoes and orthotics to regular shoes might reduce the damage this ailment has on the feet. If you are a dancer and are experiencing foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an examination and treatment.
Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor 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.