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Ankle discomfort.


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After class on thursday I was experiancing some ankle discomfort. Im in a pre-pointe class and so Im a bit worried. I stretched it yesterday with my extensions band but it still is discomforted. Is there something I should do. Its my right ankle and Ive sprained it twice before. When I work real slowly froma full flex to a full point, when I finally extend my toes theres a crack I dont know if its ligaments or old scar tissue or what, has anyone else experianced this? what should I do? confused.gif Jess

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If the pain goes away overnight, it's probably not worth worrying about, but an evening's application of ice or a cold pack might not be a bad idea. Then maybe add an ankle support and elevate the foot (the La-Z-Boy recliner is perfect for this). Sip some tea, veg out and relax for awhile! Since it is recurring, and seems to be dance-related, you might want to get in touch with a sports- or performance-medicine specialist. A general practitioner will generally tell you to stop dancing altogether, forever. The specialists know this isn't an option, except in the extreme cases. As to the crack, I don't think it's related, unless the pain is directly associated with it. My feet have been doing that since I was twelve, and I'm going on fifty-four now. smile.gif

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Should I continue to use my resistaband? Should the popping sound be accompanied by the feeling that things are moving around inside and around my ankle? Would it be helpfull to wear a leg warmer on that ankle?

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Under the doctrine "R.I.C.E." (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), give the Resistaband a rest! wink.gif Your feeling that there's "something moving around" suggests that the soft tissue there is sensitive and probably tender. So, maybe even take a couple days of class off. I don't think a legwarmer will help much with a persistent small injury like that, but maybe a wrap with waterproof tape would. Give it a try, and if all that doesn't help, it's time for the doc, because this situation is obviously causing you some anxiety.

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Guest Katherine Arten

Major Johnson:

I've felt almost the same thing, but what usually happens is that it starts if I've been jumping in class. I did pull a ligament a while ago, so do you think the pain could just be my ankle getting better?

I have gone to the doctor and they did some x-rays and a bone scan but said nothing was wrong.

It never hurts when I dance at home, just in class.

 

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Hmmm! <fluffs whiskers, twirls ends of mustache, obviously in deep thought> You might ask your teacher, "Are the floors in the studio actually sprung, or are they laid on floor joists resting directly on concrete or something hard like that?" The chances are, if you are practicing on a wooden floor at home in a house, that the floors are naturally sprung from being laid onto joists which have some "give" in them. A floor laid over concrete will cause quite some discomfort.

 

Obviously, if the "pros" (the docs) say nothing's really wrong, then there is nothing to worry about from a permanent health standpoint, and your discomfort could come, indeed, naturally from a residual healing effect. Nonetheless, if you experience pain, don't just settle for it, embark on R.I.C.E., and some people even report good results from taking over-the-counter painkiller/anti-inflammatories like naproxen sodium, or, if you are free from cold- or flu-like symptoms, plain old aspirin. Follow package instructions diligently! smile.gif

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Guest Katherine Arten

I'm sorry I haven't replied sooner, I haven't been able to get on the Internet for the last couple of days.

Major Johnson: My teacher got the floor sprung this summer. (It bounces when you jump on it.) My ankle didn't hurt all through class yesterday, so hopefully it will stop soon. Thank you.

Jhora: No, my ligaments don't feel like they're rolling around. It's usually an ache that I can't pinpoint. It did pop one night during jazz, but mostly it aches.

 

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