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Ballerina Feet

Ballet, especially when practicing the pointe technique, can lead to foot pain, injuries, and potential long-term damage. Pointe shoes, made with dense materials, support a dancer's body weight on fully extended feet, making it a challenging form of dance for the feet. Common foot injuries among ballet dancers include blisters, ingrown toenails, and sprained ankles. Bunions and stress fractures may also affect ballet dancers. These injuries can result from intense training and repetitive movements. Dancers typically transition to pointe shoes between ages 11 and 13, after their foot bones have ossified or hardened. Male ballet dancers, who do more lifting and jumping, are also susceptible to foot issues, such as Achilles tendonitis and sprained ankles. Continuing to dance with untreated foot injuries can lead to permanent damage, especially for professional dancers who spend extended periods on pointe. Some injuries, if left untreated, may require surgical intervention. Treatment for dance-related foot injuries varies depending on the cause and severity. If you are a dancer or your child is starting to dance, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to understand how to take care of the feet best to prevent long-term consequences of participating in this activity.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. John R. Northrup from Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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