Treatment of Dance and Gymnastics Podiatry related issues
There are no two sports that require more foot and ankle care than Dance and Gymnastics. Melbourne Sports Podiatry has worked with many different women and men in all styles of dance and gymnastics, with an understanding of how vital the feet are to the balance and aesthetics of movement.
Furthermore, with the latest research now showing a diversification of sports at a young age helping in the reduction of injury, it’s imperative to have someone with skills specific knowledge not only in dance but in other sports as well to help broaden the bodies ability to adapt to change.
Dance, especially ballet, requires girls and boys at an early age to develop strong intrinsic strength within their feet to help progress from Demi pointe to Pointe. Furthermore having strong feet in all different styles of dance is vital to hold shape and maintain the aesthetics of the movement or pose. We understand with our dancers performing regularly and professionally that there is a constant need for foot and ankle care to help ensure our dancers can continue holding form throughout their training and routine.
For our gymnasts, especially floor gymnasts, the ability to absorb shock in the feet and recoil back out into a powerful bound or aerial manoeuvre is directly correlated to how well the feet and ankles are able to balance on landing and rebound through quality joint mobility and power. We understand that our gymnasts need their feet to work lightly and powerfully when executing skills and thus we provide many different balance, strength and mobility exercises as part of our treatment plans.
On top of this for our junior dancers and gymnasts who are growing fast and endeavouring to impress, the alignment of the foot and ankle is vital to help sustain training efficiencies as they begin to do more representative level training alongside their school commitments and sometimes additional sporting commitments.
Common injuries seen:
Junior Dancers and Gymnasts:
- Osgoods Schlatters - Growing pain in the knee
- Severs Disease - Growing pain in the heel
- Shin Splints - Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
- Ankle Sprain and Fractures
- Jumpers Knee - Patella Tendonopathy
- Extensor and Flexor tendon pain in the foot
- Stress fractures and hot spots within the foot
Senior Dancers and Gymnasts:
- Calf and Achilles Pain
- Plantar Fascitiis and Heel Spurs
- Patella Tendon Pain
- Shin Splints - MTSS
- Ankle Sprains and Acute Fractures
- Stress Fractures and hot spots
- Forefoot and Arch Pain
- Ankle impingement Anterior and Posterior
- Mortons neuroma
Prevention and Treatment
If you are in pain now or simply want to look at ways to prevent injury there is never a better time than now to have your body, training loads and feet looked at.
All assessments are 30 minutes and 45 minutes for those patients who require screening or have had a chronic or resilient problem that has been untreatable so to speak over a long period of time.
Common Methodology behind Treatments
Our methodology at Melbourne Sports Podiatry is simple but deliberate. Although all treatments are tailored based on the individual the way we find out how to best work you and our other patients come from the following process:
- Assess specific movement patterns based on the sport
- Assess structures between the lower back and feet
- Identify where the problem is stemming from
- Identify limitations or energy leaks
- Treat on the day and Plan ahead.
Common Treatments we use on the first appointment include
- Sports specific strapping and padding
- Footwear assessment
- Soft or Deep Tissue release
- Lower limb Dry Needling
- Balance and Strength Programming
- Running Analysis and Re-training
- PNF stretching and Joint Mobilisation
- In shoe wedging and modifications
Other Treatments we use include:
- Joint adjustments
- Advanced Foot and Ankle rehabilitation
- Dance orthotics (not for ballet)