Ankle and foot injuries have been extremely common lately! There have been at least four dancers on the competition team that have experienced ankle problems this year alone. I thought to myself, what exactly is causing these injuries? Obviously there isn’t just one answer to this question, so I did some research and I came across a great website for clueless people like me. It describes several common foot injuries for dancers and their possible causes and treatments. To learn more, visit the site below.
NYU Langone Medical Center: Dance Medicine Resources
Here is a list of simple tips that are often forgotten for preventing these injuries that appeared on their site as well!
Top Ten Prevention tips for dancers
- Proper training and teaching are essential to allow dancers of all ages to develop their skills without injury.
- Take adequate rest to allow the body to heal itself from daily wear and tear
- Maintain energy levels by eating and drinking adequately.
- Conditioning and strengthening of the leg muscles that support the arch are crucial.
- Try to avoid dancing on hard or uneven surfaces, which could cause injury.
- Take care of your shoes!
- Dancers should adopt new training schedules slowly.
- Although not always possible when dancing, but more so off stage or out of class, wear supportive footwear, and if you need to wear orthotics, wear them as often as possible.
- If dancers perform excessive pointe or demi-pointe work one day, they should focus on other types of work during the next workout.
- Early recognition of symptoms is important. Stop activity if pain or swelling occurs. If the pain persists after a few days rest, consult a sports-medicine physician.