NJ Podiatrist Treats Foot And Ankle Injuries for Dancers

Although dancers develop overuse injuries common in other athletes, they are also susceptible to unique injuries. A former dancer herself, Dr. Theresa Ronna treats dance related injuries at the Kayal Orthopedic Center's state-of-the-art facilities.
By: Kayal Orthopedic Center, P.C.
Dr. Theresa Ronna
Dr. Theresa Ronna
March 22, 2014 - PRLog -- Common foot injuries in Dance

Most injuries in dancers are overuse injuries which usually occur during class or rehearsals as opposed to during performances.  50% of overuse injuries are foot and ankle injuries.

Common injuries in dancers:

*Stress Fractures
*Pain in and underneath the big toe (sesamoiditis)
*Ankle pain
*Shin splints
*Bunion and hammertoes
*Dancers struggling with toenail bruising and injury

Treatment should always start with prevention; it is the best medicine.   Prevention requires early detection of problem areas and knowing if any unbalances in the dancers lower extremity exist and working with a team of professionals; i.e., orthopedists, physical therapist, message therapist and myofascial stretch therapists to properly address any imbalances.

About Dr. Theresa Ronna:

Dr.  Ronna (http://www.kayalortho.com/our-physicians/theresa-ronna) spent 17 years of her life in a dance studio prior to becoming a Podiatrist.  She has trained with many highly regarded pioneers in the field of sports medicine.  Dr. Ronna did an internship with Dr. Lyle Micheli, MD a Harvard Medical School professor and orthopedist to the Boston Ballet who is an expert in dance medicine. She spent two subsequent years in clinical observation at the Miller Health Care Institute for Performing Arts in NYC with William Hamilton, MD, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon who is considered the father of dance medicine and Orthopedist for the ABT, NYC Ballet, American Ballet Company and The Ailey Company.

Dr. Ronna has been part of the medical team for several NYC marathons, 1988 pre-Olympic games, The Fourth All African games in Nairobi, Kenya, the World Games in Rome, Italy, and the Can-Am Rugby tournament in Lake Placid.  It is in this capacity that she is able to put her knowledge of lower extremity biomechanics and first hand experience as a dancer together to bring outstanding care to young aspiring dancers.

About Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC

Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC (http://www.kayalortho.com)  is home to an elite team of surgeons who are fully committed to skillful, restorative patient care. Each physician is a leader in their field, delivering the finest in orthopaedic treatment, sports medicine expertise and musculoskeletal disease management.

The Kayal Orthopaedic Center team is proud to be included on NJTopDocs.com (http://www.njtopdocs.com/DrKayal), an online directory of New Jersey’s best doctors, dentists and hospitals.

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