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Ankle and Foot Injuries in Dance

Ankle and Foot Injuries in Dance


The foot’s complex structure contains more than 100 tendons, ligaments, and muscles that move nearly three dozen joints while bones provide structure. Is it any wonder then that ankle and foot injuries it is common source of pain in dance?  Above the foot is the ankle joint the connecting joint between the bones of the lower leg and the foot.  This mobile, flexible joint absorbs energy and moves our body as soon as we step out of bed in the morning.  Add to this the additional stresses of dance: from demi-pointe in ballet to the high leg kicks in Irish dancing, it’s a virtual certainty that at some stage dancers will experience an injury.

At Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic we will assess and diagnose your ankle and foot injuries and we will also analyse your gait and dance movements; to help you optimise your recovery.  Some of the common foot and ankle injuries /problems are listed below:

  • Plantar fasciitis: Inflammation in the plantar fascia ligament along the bottom of the foot. Pain in the heel and arch, worst in the morning, are symptoms.
  • Achilles tendon injury: Pain in the back of the heel may suggest a problem with the Achilles tendon. The injury can be sudden or a nagging daily pain (tendinitis). A simple heel raise in your shoe can often provide immediate relief however this problem usually requires a comprehensive strengthening programme.
  • Heel spurs: An abnormal growth of bone in the heel, which may cause severe pain during walking or standing. People with plantar fasciitis, flat feet, or high arches are more likely to develop heel spurs.
  • Metatarsalgia: Pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Strenuous activity or ill-fitting shoes are the usual causes.
  • Hallux Valgus: more commonly called a bunion.  Often associated with a flat or low arch.  Can be both unsightly and painful.  Management here in the Physiotherapy Clinc in Dublin 4 includes exercise to restore mobility and strengthen the foot as well as orthotics to support the arch.

It’s vital not to ignore foot and ankle pain.  Remember those feet have to function throughout your whole life, so treat them kindly.  If you have an ankle injury contact us for an assessment and restore the “bounce to your step”.


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