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My 11 year old DD has been complaining that the outside of her ankle, around the bone, has been really hurting her. She dances 6 days a week on pointe and just finished a weekend of shows where she was clearly limping afterwards. Obviously aside from rest and ice, which is unlikely since we have shows next weekend and a full class load this week, should I take her to a Podiatrist or Orthopedist. I am trying to avoid going to one and then told to go to another. Thanks in advance.

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I would suggest an Orthopedist. I would also have him check her bone ossification and growth plate to see if she should be dancing on pointe, especially 6 days a week. That is a great deal of pointe work for an 11 year old.

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