Kick Up Your Heels! Treatment for Dance Injuries Causing Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Nov 29, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Do you love to dance the night away? Or maybe you’d rather just watch others do it on TV. If you’re one of the fans that watches "Dancing With the Stars" than you know who the winner of Season 19 is! Spoiler Alert: The winner is Alfonso Ribeiro! Maybe more commonly recognized as Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Dancing is an amazing sport, but it’s not without its share of injuries. Alfonso himself actually sustained a groin injury this season. But we’re specifically talking about injuries that relate to foot pain and misalignment. Below are common injuries dancers often suffer from.

Posted by: William G. Hamilton MD, Dance Magazine

On Dance Injuries: Leg Pain

Do your shins hurt??  Leg pain in dancers is pretty common. It is usually from one of three things: a shin splint, a stress fracture, or something called a compartment syndrome. They are all due to overuse, faulty technique, and hard floors. They are characteristically brought on by activity and relieved by rest. They often get worse if they are not treated, and one, the acute compartment syndrome, can be a medical emergency. Let’s look at them one by one.

First, the anatomy: The leg has two bones that run parallel from the knee to the ankle; a large one, the tibia on the medial side, and a small one, the fibula on the outside. Attached to these bones are all the muscles that run down into the foot and ankle, along with the blood vessels and nerves. The muscles are encased in a tight sheath called the fascia that is similar to the casing on a sausage or a bologna.

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dance_injuries_foot_painSome other injuries that dancers often face are a fifth metatarsal fracture, lateral ankle sprain, bunions, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and misalignment of the feet caused by injuries and overuse. This misalignment doesn’t only cause foot pain, but also pain and misalignment in the rest of the body. When the body is out of alignment you might feel pain in your knees, hips, back and neck. This all relates back to your feet and it can be easily treated with something called HyProCure®.

HyProCure® treatment is an outpatient procedure that causes little or no pain. It places a titanium stent in the space between the ankle and heel bone and helps realign the feet, which in turn gets the body back in alignment. The recovery time means no dancing for 6 weeks so the stent has time to heal in place, but you are walking in your own shoes again in 3 to 5 days.

Go ahead, vogue! Do your happy dance!

If you’d like to learn more about HyProCure® treatment for foot pain, download the free e-book below or contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

Treatment for Foot Pain

Topics: Foot Care, foot pain