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A Brandon Podiatrist helps dancers avoid foot injuries

Brandon Podiatrist Rajnish Manohar sees many different kinds of patients. From the stay at home mom to the active rock climber, they all have the potential to injure their feet. At the Gentle Foot Care Clinic, we strive to keep your feet happy and healthy. Let’s us take a look at some common injuries that a dancer might have and how to avoid those injuries.

Types of Dancing Injuries

Dancers will experience some foot injury at some phase in their training. Expert ballet dancers injure their feet all the time. injuries. These injuries vary from mild ones that are nursed for several years, to severe injuries that may be career ending.

The fact is that numerous typical foot and ankle ‘injuries’ occur as a result of poor “intrinsic” foot muscle strength. The “intrinsic” foot muscles are small little muscles that start and end within the foot, that assist control the position of a dancer’s arch, and are accountable for the control of her toes within the shoe en pointe. If these little muscles are not working successfully, bigger muscles called the “extrinsic” foot muscles that stem further up the leg become tired. This is because they try to carry out 2 roles. This typically results in conditions such as “Anterior Compartment Syndrome”, “Tension Fractures” of the shin bone (tibia), or ‘Median Tibial Tension Syndrome”, frequently called “Shin Splints”.

Weakness in the intrinsic foot muscles and overuse of the extrinsic muscles will also lead to the toes ‘clawing’ both when increasing, and en pointe. Blisters form on the toes of professional ballet dancers because of this. Nevertheless this does not need to hold true. Control of the intrinsic allows the middle joint of the toes to stay straight while fully pointing the remainder of the foot. This does not affect the appearance of the line of the foot. However, it does make dancing far more satisfying when without pain!

Orthotics

In numerous other sports, orthotic gadgets may be used in the shoes required. They will help to stabilize the arch and settle symptoms connected to poor intrinsic muscle strength. Regrettably, in ballet slippers these orthotics can not be used. Therefore, the dancer is often left to ‘live with’ signs, or have repeated prolonged breaks from dancing.

Stretching Exercise

With correct enhancing integrated with gentle stretching however, much of these ‘persistent’ injuries settle very rapidly. “The Perfect Pointe Book” is a thorough collection of lots of exercises. Dancers designed these exercises to particularly enhance the foot muscles needed in any ballet dancer. While at first designed to help girls strengthen their feet prior to going onto pointe, this book is important reading for any dancer, especially if they have actually had, or presently have any foot injuries. The exercises have been established after years of working carefully with ballet dancers, and seeing first-hand what is most effective in regaining control of these little muscles.

Brandon Podiatrist Rajnish Manohar can help

If you are a career dancer or simply a late night clubgoer that enjoys a night on the town, you should be aware of these injuries. Orthotics and strengthening exercises can be just the thing that you need to keep your feet free from injury. Contact Brandon Podiatrist Rajnish Manohar today by calling his office at (813) 502-5904. If you’d like to send a message for scheduling via email you can do so with this contact form.

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Rajnish Manohar

Dr. Rajnish Manohar, has more than 20 years of healthcare experience.

Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.
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