here's an injury post everyone! please don't throw up from the pictures of my feet (at least I painted my nails for you) =]
shin splints [medial tibial stress syndrome] aka: PAINFUL SHINS!!
MTSS is when too much force or pressure it put on the shin bone or connective tissues connecting the muscles to the tibia. It's common in stopping-and-going sports like basketball, track, and tennis... and I suppose ballet? The severity of the pain depends on how bad it's inflamed. Sometimes it is possible to also have a fracture on the tibia, but a medical doctor can feel along your tibia to check for bumps indicating fractures (which will otherwise not show up on an x-ray for a few weeks).
My flat feet have caused so many problems including tendonitis, sprains, and now shin splints. I think it is important to warn younger dancers about problems associated with flat feet.
What is a flat foot?
|PHOTO 1: This is a picture where I was 'lifting' my arches (as you must in ballet class). Notice how the red lines are straight? Now check out this next picture.|
|PHOTO 2: This is my natural stance. Notice the slight bend in the red lines? This throws off everything and greatly affects your joints. (thus my ankle and hip problems, and now my shins).|
So if you have flat feet (or very low in steps), consider all these thoughts:
- you will naturally pronate
- your feet get tired easier than the normal foot
- you have less support
- you are more susceptible to sprains, twists, tendonitis, etc. in your joints
- The only good thing I can think of is that you cannot be drafted into the army.
What is pronation?