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Common Foot Injuries for Ballerinas

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Ballerinas often face various foot injuries due to the intense demands of ballet. One common injury is the stress fracture, resulting from repetitive impact and overuse, particularly in the metatarsal bones. Tendonitis, especially affecting the Achilles tendon, occurs from overextension and strain during jumps and pointe work. Blisters and calluses develop from friction against tight-fitting ballet shoes. Additionally, sprained ankles are frequent due to the constant balancing and quick directional changes. Sesamoiditis, an inflammation of the small bones beneath the big toe, is another injury caused by the pressure of pointe work. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by heel pain, results from excessive strain on the arch of the foot. These injuries highlight the physical challenges ballerinas face, emphasizing the importance of proper technique, conditioning, and foot care in their training. Foot pain can temporarily stop a dancer’s movements. If this applies to you, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with relief and treatment methods. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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