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Pointe Assessment

Symmetry Physio - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Are you ready to take the next Step? Let us help you move onto POINTE Shoes.


Your dance teacher has said you are ready to progress to Pointe shoes, this is a major step in a dancing career. However, there are many things to think about before this occurs:

Considerations:

  • Do not undertake until 12 years of age
  • Ensure you have significant ankle movement range
  • Be aware of any lower limb anomalies
  • Recommended to be training at a high level (more than 1 session per week)
  • Be aware of any weakness in leg, pelvis or trunk
  • Be aware of hypermobile feet and ankles

Common Dance Injuries:
Like any sport, dancing can result in several different types of injuries including:

  • Post ankle impingement
  • 'Dancers tendonitis' aka Flexor halluces longus tenosynovitis
  • Stress fracture base of 2nd toe
  • Anterior hip pain
  • Lateral ankle sprain
  • Medial tibial periostitis
  • Lower back pain

Research 

  • For pre-professional adolescent dancer ankle and feet are the most common injury areas
  • For non-professional adolescent dancer, the knee is the most common injury area
  • 36% of chronic injuries commence before 18 years old in professional dancers
  • Over 8.2 hours of weekly training can increase the risk of injury
  • There is an Increase risk of injury for non-professional dancers doing more than 1 hour a week on pointe
When your dance teacher feels it is appropriate for you to progress to Pointe shoes it is important to have a thorough assessment to help the risk of injury. Assessment consists of a comprehensive and specific screening of your lower limb strength, balance, and technique required to prevent any potential risks of injury prior to commencing to pointe. Contact Symmetry Physiotherapy now for an assessment.

The Team at Symmetry Physiotherapy

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