Tag Archives: Heel pain causes and treatment

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Heel pain causes

heel pain causes

Have you ever jumped out of bed in the morning to be hit with pain under your heel? During the walking cycle the heel experiences incredible amounts of force due to body weight, gravity and momentum. This impact makes it very difficult for small injuries to heel, and so a cycle of chronic injury and inflammation […]

Shockwave therapy to treat Achilles tendinitis

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Achilles tendinitis (Achilles tendinosis, Achilles tendinopathy) has been documented as the most common overuse injury treated in sports medicine clinics. Achilles tendon injuries can be frustrating to treat as the healing process can be slow and often involves rest. Other common treatment plans include heel lifts, arch supports or orthotics, stretching, eccentric strengthening and non-steroidal […]

What is the difference between a heel spur and plantar fasciitis?

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Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a fibrous band that runs across the sole of the foot. Heel spurs are soft deposits of calcium that appear when the plantar fascia has been under constant strain. Plantar fasciitis and heel spur treatments and causes The plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone and the […]

Why does my heel hurt?

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Heel pain and plantar fasciitis Have you been stretching, rolling, icing and massaging your heel pain away only to find that the moment you stop doing this, it returns? We are listening to you and would like to help by addressing the reasons why it is so difficult to get rid of your heel pain. In […]

Treating heel pain and plantar fasciitis at home

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Heel pain and plantar fasciitis treatments. Heel pain can be incredibly debilitating and affect your quality of life. Heel pain should always be treated with a sense of urgency so that it does the body does not compensate for too long, consequently causing other injuries to occur. Before trying any of these at-home treatment methods […]

Dry and Cracked Heels

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Calloused or dry, cracked heels? With Winter fast approaching many people will start to notice their skin becoming dry. Many parts of the body can be affected, such as with dandruff, chapped lips, eczema and dry patches. To a podiatrist the most common complaints are callouses and dry, cracked skin on the feet – namely […]