Dancers face unique physical challenges that require specialized care.
The highly trained providers at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center (OFAC) in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia, have years of experience treating dancers of all backgrounds, including members of The Washington Ballet. If you’re a dancer in the Washington, DC, area with foot or ankle pain, call or request an appointment online today.
Dance Medicine Q & A
What foot and ankle injuries are dancers prone to? Back to top
As a dancer, healthy feet are essential for your performance. The professionals at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center have extensive experience caring for the unique needs of dancers’ feet.
Dancers, especially those who study ballet, are at higher risk for many foot and ankle conditions, including:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Stress fractures
- Ankle impingement
- Ankle sprains
Several foot problems that are considered rare in people who don’t dance are common in dancers, including:
- Os trigonum syndrome, which may result from repeated pointing of the toes
- Flexor hallucis longus (FHL) tendonitis, also called trigger toe
Developing an injury that interferes with your passion can be devastating, but the team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center has an excellent record of helping dancers return to dancing after treatment.
What are the symptoms of a dance injury? Back to top
The type of symptoms you experience varies depending on the type and severity of your dance injury. Signs and symptoms of common dance injuries include:
- Visible foot deformity
- Limited range of motion
- Foot pain and swelling
- Ankle pain and swelling
Your pain and symptoms may be mild at first and become more frequent and severe over time.
How are dance injuries diagnosed? Back to top
First, your provider at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center thoroughly reviews your symptoms and medical history. They perform a physical exam and check for signs of injury, like tenderness and swelling. They may also take imaging tests, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
How are dance injuries treated? Back to top
After they diagnose your condition, the team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center develops an individualized treatment plan to help you return to dance as quickly and safely as possible.
Depending on the type of injury you have, treatment may include:
- Physical therapy
- Therapeutic injections
- Custom braces or orthotics
If your condition is severe, the team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center may recommend surgery. They perform the most advanced procedures, including minimally invasive techniques like ankle arthroscopy for the fastest recovery time.
For expert care of all types of dance injuries, call Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center or request an appointment online today.