Ballet Can Avoid Common Foot Injuries

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dancers will complain of some foot injury at some stage in their training, and professional ballet will often be plagued with chronic foot injuries, ranging from mild ones that are nursed for years, to severe injuries that may be career ending.

The truth is that many common foot and ankle injuries occur as a result of poor intrinsic foot muscle strength. The intrinsic foot muscles are tiny little muscles that start and end within the foot, that help control the position of a dancers arch, and are responsible for the control of her toes within the shoe en pointe. If these small muscles are not working effectively, larger muscles called the extrinsic foot muscles that originate further up the leg become overused, as they attempt to perform two roles. This often leads to conditions such as Anterior Compartment Syndrome, Stress Fractures of the shin bone (tibia), or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome , commonly known as Shin Splints.

Weakness in the intrinsic foot muscles and overuse of the extrinsic muscles will also result in the toes clawing both when rising, and en pointe. This is the biggest cause behind the nasty blisters that are often seen in photos of...

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