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Many adults experience foot pain at one time or another. Foot pain can result from a sports-related injury, a medical condition, or simply from the daily stress of walking or standing for extended period of time. Common causes of foot pain include bunions, ankle injuries, and heel injuries. Foot injuries are best treated by a podiatrist to ensure proper healing. Left untreated, a foot injury can progress and lead to chronic foot pain. The foot doctors at the Family Foot and Ankle Center are your Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon, and McLean/Great Falls, VA, podiatrists for the treatment of foot pain.
Bunions are a common cause of foot pain for many people. Bunions develop when the joint of the big toe slips out of place and a bony protrusion, which is the bunion, forms on the side of the foot. Since the bunion protrudes outward, it readily rubs against the inside of the shoe and can become irritated, resulting in foot pain. One treatment possibility is surgery to correct the misaligned toe joint and remove the bony protrusion so it no longer rubs against the shoe. Other treatment options include wearing orthotics and/or roomier footwear.
Another common cause of foot pain is ankle injuries, such as sprained ankles. Ankle sprains occur when the ankle twists in a different direction as the foot, causing ligaments to become stretched out and sometimes tear. Untreated ankle injuries can lead to chronic ankle instability and foot pain. A podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment, which could include applying ice, resting the ankle, wearing compression bandages, or surgery to repair any torn ligaments.
Injuries to the heel are another common cause of foot pain. Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis, also called tendonitis, are the most common heel injuries. With plantar fasciitis injuries, pain occurs on the bottom of the heel. Heel spurs can also develop, which are hard calcium deposits that form on the bottom of the heel. With Achilles tendonosis, pain can be felt at the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon is located. A podiatrist can recommend the right treatment for your specific type of heel injury.
No matter the cause of your foot pain, various treatments are available through your podiatrist’s office that can help. To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Fairfax, VA, or a surrounding area, contact the Family Foot and Ankle Center at one of its four convenient locations: Fairfax/Burke (703) 273-9818; Ashburn/Leesburg (703) 723-9267; McLean/Great Falls (703) 556-8637; or Reston/Herndon (703) 723-2719.
Doing an online search for the real effects of ballet shoes on the feet will likely bring up some pretty scary images. However, it shouldn’t scare you away from pursuing ballet—it is a beautiful and expressive form of dance that can be very rewarding. If you’re a ballerina or you’re thinking about enrolling your child in ballet classes, learn more about how ballet shoes can affect the feet. You can then take proper steps to protect your feet going forward.
Wearing Ballet Shoes
Ballet shoes are designed for utility, not for the benefit of your feet. They are made of canvas and silk material with lace straps that wrap around the ankles. Each shoe shapes the toes and feet so that they can be trained in a certain formation for dancing. Ballet dancers often have to get on tippy toes at a moment’s notice to keep up with choreography, so their shoes have to support this action, just as sneakers support the quick actions of tennis players.
What Can Ballet Shoes Do to Your Feet?
Podiatrists often treat ballerinas and other dancers who have serious foot problems. Here are a few issues that can develop as a result of wearing ballet shoes:
- Hammertoes (the toes begin to bend forward, and in some cases become stuck in that position).
- Corns, calluses
- Blisters, ulcers, sores and wounds
- Bunions (the bone on the inside of the foot begins to move outward)
- Nail fungus and sometimes loss of toenails
Many ballerinas suffer these foot problems in silence, but the best course of action is to begin seeing a qualified podiatrist early in your career. Ongoing care and foot therapy can help minimize the negative effects of ballet shoes on your feet.
Caring for Your Feet as a Ballerina
Treatments are available at the podiatrist’s office that can give your feet relief from the symptoms of dancing and wearing ballet shoes. Ulcers must be drained and disinfected. Hammertoes can be corrected with splints or prescribing orthotic shoes to wear when not dancing. Treatments are also available to eliminate toenail fungus. Another top goal of podiatry for ballerinas is pain management—exercises and medications can help relieve pain.
Getting help from a podiatrist is crucial if you want to reduce the negative effects of ballet shoes on your feet. It’s never too late to seek help from a foot professional who understands these issues, so schedule a consultation appointment today.