Tag Archives: Foot pain causes and treatments

Foot pain can be caused by a range of factors and conditions. At Performance Podiatry Sydney we treat heel pain, ball of the foot pain, midfoot pain, toe pain and ankle pain. Foot pain can occur due to bunions, heel spurs, hammer toes, plantar fasciitis, mortons neuroma, achilles tendinitis, shin splints or sesamoidits.  Performance Podiatry Sydney treats foot pain using foot orthotics, foot mobilisations, foot and leg exercise therapy, walking and running training, strapping, dry needling and shockwave therapy.

Why should I get a pre-pointe assessment?

Ballet dancer en pointe during pre-pointe assessment

Ballet is an athletic art that demands precision, strength, and dedication. For aspiring ballet dancers, the transition to pointe work is a significant milestone that requires careful consideration and preparation. A crucial step in this journey is to undergo a pre-pointe assessment with a qualified podiatrist. This article delves into the reasons why ballet dancers […]

Why are Intrinsic Foot Muscles so Important for Dancers?

Foot Pain Specialist for Dancers Sydney

The intrinsic foot muscles are four layers of small muscles in the foot that are fundamental for dancers. They control small foot and toe movements and play a crucial role in the structural support of the arches in the feet (yes, there are more than one!). It is essential for dancers to have good coordination […]

The Dancer’s Fracture – 5th Metatarsal Fracture

Dancers fractures - 5th metatarsal fractures

So common in dancer’s that it has earned the colloquial name ‘The Dancer’s Fracture’, a 5th metatarsal fracture can be a tricky injury to diagnose and manage. Identifying signs, symptoms and risks at an early stage is essential to decrease downtime away from dance and improve treatment success. This article will break down signs, symptoms, […]

Specialist ballet and dance podiatrist in Sydney

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Ballet podiatrist Eastern Suburbs and Sydney. The team at Performance Podiatry is pleased to announce that specialist ballet dancer podiatrist, Tayla Forland, has joined our team. Whilst Tayla is qualified to treat all podiatry problems, she has completed further specialist training and certifications to assist all dancers with pre-pointe preparation and assessments, pointe shoe fitting […]

Common foot and ankle problems caused by snowboard and ski boots

foot ankle problems causes by ski boots

Our podiatrists’ guide to a safe ski season (with minimum foot and ankle injuries). Are you ready for the snow this year? With only a week to go until the Australian ski season begins, it’s time to get excited for a snowy Winter! But before you start hitting the slopes, there are a number of […]

Will ballet cause claw toes?

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Common feet and ankle problems in ballerinas and dancers. Claw toes, hammer toes, mallet toes, bunions and all the other similar changes and deformities are frequently noticed in ballet dancers, largely because of the movements and footwear. Ballroom dancers and Irish dancers often suffer similar foot problems. Though, deformity, pain and other complications should be […]

Ballerina feet and ankle hypermobility

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Common feet and ankle problems in ballerinas and dancers. Hypermobility seems to be quite common in dancers. It can be an important consideration to make for dancers, particularly ballet dancers and ballroom dancers. It can be a significant risk factor for injury and later deformity like hallux valgus (bunions). Hypermobility can be influenced by genetics, […]

Can flooring cause foot and ankle pain in ballerinas?

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Common feet and ankle problems in ballerinas and dancers. Now, more than ever, we’ve seen an increase in injuries related to the type of flooring used for practice and rehearsal in dancers. A large contributor to the recent spike in flooring-related injuries has been online or at-home dance classes following dance studio closures due to […]

High power laser: an effective treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

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What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and is responsible for up to 10-15% of all foot or ankle complaints. The cause of plantar fasciitis varies, but it is thought to be a combination of dysfunctional lower limb biomechanics, over training and mechanical overload from excessive […]

Are orthotics bad for ballerinas and dancers?

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Orthotics for dancers and ballerinas. A common misconception that we hear is that foot orthotics work like ‘crutches’ and make the muscles in the feet weak. The idea is that they ‘hold up’ the arch of the foot and therefore, weaken the foot and ankles muscles due to not having to work to support the […]

Causes and treatment of bunions in dancers and ballerinas

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Common feet and ankle problems in ballerinas and dancers. How many times have you heard that ballet or dancing causes bunions? ‘Bunions’, medically known as hallux abducto valgus, usually affects the big toe and is commonly highlighted as a risk particularly for dancers. This article discusses the impact of dancing on bunions and other causes […]

Mortons Neuroma

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Mortons Neuroma is one of the most common conditions we treat at Performance Podiatry. As Mortons neuroma has the potential to cause long term pain and disability, we choose to treat Mortons Neuroma as quickly and efficiently as possible. What is a Mortons Neuroma? Mortons Neuroma (or neuritis) is the inflammation and sometimes scarring of […]