Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tendinitis in Ballerinas




A common problem for ballerinas is tendinitis. Tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons in the foot. It can be very painfully and quite inconvenient.


Why does it occur, you may ask? Well, the two main triggers for tendinitis is overuse, and your foot being cold.



If you have overused your foot muscles, or injured them, they are prone to tendinitis. You must be careful around this stage, because once you've got it, it takes ages to go away.


I live in a very cold place. It's presently about 7 degrees outside, so not the most pleasant weather you could think of.


The cold will not do the muscles in your foot any good, especially if they are a bit touchy to start off with. So, if you've got a foot that you have overworked or injured, then keep it warm, don't let it get cold, whatever you do.



Once you have got tendinitis, it takes a minimum of eight weeks to disappear. The worst period will be at about 3 - 6 weeks. When I had it (recently) I could hardly walk when I got up in the morning, let alone dance.


I had to take it very easy, and was constantly taking neurofen and rubbing anti-inflammatory cream on my right foot.



If you have got tendinitis, you should, as I just said, take neurofen or panadol whenever it starts to hurt, and also keep rubbing anti-inflammatory cream on the sore area.


Also, keep things easy, but don't stop using your foot altogether. Moderate exercise will be fine. Just don't do anything that hurts your foot.



Once you have exercised, put and ice pack on your foot. I know that I just went on about keeping your foot warm, but after exercise, it's a good idea to ice your foot using the method a wrote about in a previous post the other week.




If you have tendinitis, don't fret; it's very common for ballerinas, as irritating and painful as it is. If you have any other questions regarding the subject you would like to ask me, please don't hesitate to do so.


Thanks!




P.S: It is often the Extensor Hallicus tendons that you get tendinitis in. (see the diagram above.)

14 comments:

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Izi said...

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juliette said...

Hi Izi! Just visited! I love it! This article is really great! I never knew what caused tendinitis :) maybe you could do an article on different body types and what leotards work best for each? Thx so much!!!!!!!!

Izi said...

Hi Juliette,

ha ha, I had to ask my doctor what caused it, too. Hey, the idea of doing an article on the different types of bodies and what leotards are best on them is a great idea, although I only really wear two leotards. I can't really remember what my other leotards were like. But if you would like to look at a post about that, ballerinablogger from 'a dancer's days,' did a post on it not long ago. I advice you to check out her blog, not just for that post, but simply because it's just an AWESOME blog.

Chat soooon. Hey, do you have google buzz?

Izi :)

Juliette said...

Hey Izi! Thx for the referral! I loooove that blog ( a tie between your blog and hers for my fav: ) I don't have one but I'm definitely thinking of getting one!!! Chat soon! Oh by the way wish to tell me what articles are coming up? I am super impatient to see what they will be about :)

Izi said...

Hi Juliette,

Thanks again for your comment. I am obsessed with ballerinablogger's blog, too. She's such a good writer and dancer. Do you know her personally? I would really like to meet her some day.

ha ha, about the articles that are comming up, well, I hardly know myself. Hey, you still haven't told me whether you've got Google Buzz or not. ha ha ha, it's easy to forgett, I understand.

Izi :)

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Michael Garrett said...

Izi your blog looks really nice, why did you stop? Anyways, I also had tendonitis but I'm not a ballerina.. lol I'm a tennis player and my Achilles tendonitis stopped me from playing for about 2 years. I was completely healed through stem cell therapy after several other treatments I had. I was able to complete my treatment with Dr Purita, my ortho surgeon. I am now back to playing and I hope you got better too.