By Dr. Steven Waldman of Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Milwaukee, WI
WHAT IS A DANCER’S FRACTURE?
This injury, also known as a Jones fracture, earned its name due to the fact that it is the most common fracture seen in dancers. It was named by Dr. Robert Jones, who suffered from this injury himself, while dancing! This fracture occurs along the 5th metatarsal, the long bone on the outside of the foot. The typical method of injury is landing from a jump. The dancer will often feel immediate pain and swelling. It may not even be possible to walk. If you think that you have incurred this injury, stop immediately – rest, ice, and elevate until you can seek treatment.
Treatment typically consists of ice, elevation, and limiting weight bearing activities.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A DANCER’S FRACTURE?
Consulting with a Milwaukee, WI podiatrist to confirm a fracture is important – this fracture is often mistaken for a sprain. This injury rarely requires surgery, but comes with a required amount of rest for recovery. A dancer’s fracture will require a period of immobilization while the injury heals. Immobilization can include a cast, splint or walking boot for four to eight weeks. Rehabilitation with a physical therapist should follow. This will rebuild foot and ankle mobility and strength.
Be active and stay safe this weekend, and appreciate the skilled Irish dancing at Milwaukee Irish fest!
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