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Achilles Tendon Pain in Ballet Dancers

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by DanceMom, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. DanceMom

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    I'm looking for advice for a ballet dancer (en pointe) with achilles tendon pain. Are there specific exercises to help alleviate this pain? Thanks.
  2. drsarbes

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    I'll assume she has an isolated achilles tendinitis......if so, there are numerous stretching exercises she can perform; (see link for examples)
    You may also want to be sure her training and conditioning are being done correctly and not increasing her chance of overuse syndromes.
    In addition, there are other conditions that may cause pain in the area, such as Haglunds deformities, retrocalcaneal exostoses, bursitis, apophysitis, etc.....
    If stretching, ice and correct dance/training techniques do not help then I would have her visit a foot/ankle specialist.
    Good Luck
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  4. Jbwheele

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    Hi Dance mom, Have you had any success? Whats been done? .


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    Dancers With Achilles Tendinopathy Demonstrate Altered Lower Extremity Takeoff Kinematics
    Kornelia Kulig, Janice K. Loudon, John M. Popovich, Christine D. Pollard, Brooke R. Winder
    J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2011;41(8):606-613
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    The prevalence and clinical significance of sonographic tendon abnormalities in asymptomatic ballet dancers: a 24-month longitudinal study
    Jules Comin, Jill L Cook, Peter Malliaras, Moira McCormack, Michelle Calleja, Andrew Clarke4, David Connell
    Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2012-091303

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