Common foot and ankle injuries in dance

Orthop Clin North Am. 1994 Jan;25(1):123-33.


Classical ballet is a popular but physically demanding activity. Minor injuries become increasingly common as the dancer encounters the greater workload of professional dancing. The doctor must have a basic knowledge of ballet technique and an understanding of the mental approach of dancers to accurately diagnose and effectively treat their injuries. The practice of dancing on the toes, the exaggerated turn out of the feet, and the extreme flexibility of the hips and spine all lead to unusual injuries. With informed conservative treatment, most ballet injuries will heal, but surgery is occasionally required.

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / injuries
  • Ankle Injuries / etiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology*
  • Bursitis / diagnosis
  • Dancing*
  • Female
  • Foot Injuries*
  • Fractures, Stress / diagnosis
  • Hallux Valgus / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sesamoid Bones
  • Sprains and Strains / diagnosis
  • Tendinopathy / diagnosis
  • Tendinopathy / etiology