Whether you’re involved in performing ballet, tap, jazz or theatrical, dancers are prime candidates for overuse injuries due to the repetitive practice of movements that require extreme flexibility, strength, and endurance.
Many of the dance injuries we see in clinic are related to the enormous strain placed upon the entire skeletal system and especially in those dancers who overpronate.
The most common injuries seen in dancers are found in the foot and ankle
- stress fractures
- tendon injuries
- Achilles pain
- Toe injuries
Some factors that play a role in repetitive injuries are:
- the duration and frequency of classes, rehearsals, and performances
- the type of floor and temperature of the studio
- the type and fit of shoes worn
- body alignment
- prior history of injury
- joint hypermobility
- nutritional deficiencies
Poor foot alignment will have a significant postural effect upon the rest of your body, therefore it is vitally important to have your biomechanics checked, especially in young dancers with poor foot alignment.
Without proper corrective treatment and instruction you will be forced into trying to over correct your mechanics leading to pain and injury, therefore it is crucial that dance teachers and choreographers are made aware of any mechanical restrictions you may have especially if you are dancing on pointe.
Our clinics are able to provide free class instruction to assess your Biomechanics which are multi – practitioner with a Musculoskeletal Podiatrist specialising in dance injuries and a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist.