dancingdivasmom Posted October 18, 2011 Report Share Posted October 18, 2011 (edited) My DD is 10 years old and has been dancing for 3 years. Recently, she started complaining about aches and pains. Her back, the front of her ankles and top of her feet, and knees in particular. She severely over pronates and has been given orthotics, but refuses to wear them because "they hurt." She also has very tight hamstrings, especially behind her knees (in fact, she has to gently push them down in stretches and even then her leg looks a little bent) and is generally inflexible. I am trying to figure out the best way to keep her injury free, and improve her flexibility. I am wondering if the over pronation is causing the pain due to muscle imbalance or just everything being out of alignment. She is seeing a sports medicine doc today, but I am not sure if that is the correct choice. Does anyone else have experience with these types of problems? She's at the point where she is starting to learn more difficult skills and needs the flexibility and strength in order to execute them. I have her stretching and doing some strengthening exercises, but am not sure if I am having her do the right ones. I know there are chiropractors and physical therapists as well. I guess I am just trying to decide what type of provider we would have the best luck with and would understand dancer bodies, if you know what I mean. We saw a podiatrist (who actually handles all of the players on the Utah Jazz) but, besides the custom orthotics, there really wasn't much that he said he could do. Any input would be great! Thanks! Jen Edited October 18, 2011 by dancingdivasmom Quote Link to comment
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