A Dancer’s Distress: The Achilles Heel

Ballet is a beautiful artform that requires the utmost grace and athleticism. Although the performance often appears effortless, this is far from the reality. The process is quite strenuous on the body and requires precise attention to technique and form in order to avoid injury.

The prevalence of injury in ballet is high. According to Milan and colleages (1994), 65-80% of ballet injuries occur in the lower extremity, and often times, the pain is felt at the foot and ankle. Additionally, Achilles tendinitis and flexor hallicis longus tendinits tend to be very common in dancers.