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Treating flexor hallucis longus tendon dysfunction in dancers

from Podiatry Today

Professional dancers place a large amount of stress on their bodies, especially their lower extremities. In particular, ballet dancers are prone to developing foot and ankle problems. Dancing en pointe or demi-pointe is a particular technique that many female ballet dancers perform and it can cause foot and ankle injuries. The ability to dance en pointe requires the dancer to undergo many years of training to build up her physical strength, balance and coordination. The technique involves excessive plantarflexion of the ankle and often puts the flexor hallucis longus under a lot of strain, leading to tenosynovitis of the FHL tendon. more


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