Knee pain is, unfortunately, just one of those things that happens when you're a dancer. But how can you be sure that an annoying pinch here or a crunch there isn't something more serious? 

The top five knee problems that plague dancers

1.   patellofemoral pain syndrome -pain or swelling where the kneecap joins the body

2.   meniscus tears -when the two shock-absorbing, wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage between your thighbone and shinbone tear

3.   patellar tendinitis -when the tendon attaching the bottom of your kneecap to the top of your shinbone becomes inflamed

4.   bursitis -inflammation of the bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs cushioning the front of the knee joint

5.   sprains of the knee ligaments -which are soft tissue structures that protect the knee from potentially injurious forces


What Causes It

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and it's subjected to very high forces.

Performing a lot of choreo on the floor, landing from jumps, forcing your turnout, even demi-pliés—all of these expose your knees to anywhere from 3 to 12 times your body weight.

Treatment with a Pointe Podiatrist is crucial to develop strength and balance prior to returning to dance activities and thus reduce the potential for recurring knee injuiries.

BOOK an assessment with our podiatrist who will provide treatment and identify and correct any underlying biomechanical issues and muscle imbalances and assist with rehabilitation.