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How can I prevent toenail injury and bruises under my toenails when dancing ballet?

How can I prevent toenail injury and bruises under my toenails when dancing ballet?

Trim nails: But be careful. The most common cause of ingrown toenails is trimming them too short along the edges and this problem can be a lot more painful then simple bruising. Try trimming the nails short but keep them "square" at the corners with gentle filing. This will help prevent trauma and subsequent bruising of the bed of the nail. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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I was dancing the other day and I somehow bent my bit toe the wrong way and it keeps like cramping up now. No swelling or bruising. Just pain in foot.

I was dancing the other day and I somehow bent my bit toe the wrong way and it keeps like cramping up now. No swelling or bruising. Just pain in foot.

Toe pain: It's possible there was a tendon or ligament injury around the joint, which is very common in dancers. If it doesn't subside I recommend getting an exam for the proper diagnosis and treatment if needed. ...Read more

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Bruised pads of foot from gymnastics. How do I prevent this?

Bruised pads of foot from gymnastics. How do I prevent this?

Go to podiatrist: A podiatrist would be able to examine your feet and determine if the motion in the ball of the foot is creating more pressure at the metatarsals. If so, there are padding/strapping that can be applied to your foot while training that can help with this. ...Read more

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Toenail injury possible from up-tempo distance running..Any good stretches i can do to treat this?

Toenail injury possible from up-tempo distance running..Any good stretches i can do to treat this?

Toenail: This may be caused by something called hallux extensus . There is no stretch for an overactive tendon. See your podiatrist for assistance. ...Read more

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Knee injury while dancing. Heard pop tearing sensation. Unstable knee x3 weeks medial swelling swelling down into foot. Dx?

Knee injury while dancing. Heard pop tearing sensation. Unstable knee x3 weeks medial swelling  swelling down into foot.  Dx?

Knee ligament : Most common knee injury after pop leading to instability, swelling, pain is an acl tear. Medial pain could be meniscus or mcl injury. Another possibility could include patellar dislocation....But usually more obvious. ...Read more

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Foot injury with pain and swelling but bruising went away. What do I do?

Foot injury with pain and swelling but bruising went away. What do I do?

Now is the Time.: It normally takes weeks for the bruising to go away. And you are still having pain and swelling ? Time to have it examined for the true extent of the injury. You need x-rays and the eye of a specialist at the minimum. ...Read more

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Are there any stretches I should do before jogging to prevent foot/leg injury?

Are there any stretches I should do before jogging to prevent foot/leg injury?

A recent article: In the ny times revealed dynamic stretching to be better than static for pre excercise stretching. So, jumping jacks, or little jogs in place were dynamic. Stretching aft excercise seems to be more important. ...Read more

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I need to be under 5 feet 10 inches tall to be a ballet dancer but doctors predict 6 foot. how can i prevent this?

I need to be under 5 feet 10 inches tall to be a ballet dancer but doctors predict 6 foot. how can i prevent this?

I know you: Want to very certain physical attributes but please don't do anything that might endanger your overall health. Without exposing yourself to malnourishment and significant other associated health ailments or illegal use of certain prescription medications there isn't anything you can do to govern your height. ...Read more

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Best way to stretch before playing football to prevent foot/leg injuries?

Best way to stretch before playing football to prevent foot/leg injuries?

Warm up: Warm up first by doing jumping jacks or light running. Always better to warm up before stretching. Sustained hold of the stretch without bouncing during the stretch. ...Read more

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No injury. Have outer ankle/foot pain for > 3 weeks no swelling/bruiseing antinflammatories & icing but pain is worse. Clean xrays, dr gave no cause.

No injury. Have outer ankle/foot pain for > 3 weeks no swelling/bruiseing antinflammatories & icing but pain is worse. Clean xrays, dr gave no cause.

I'm Freezing: After three weeks and your foot has no swelling or bruising. Unless you are trying to freeze something back to normal , I would stop the ice. Try heat and if no better, you need to get a second opinion ...Read more

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There is a lump on the top of my foot, about the size of half a ping pong ball. No injury, not bruised should I go to my doctor?

There is a lump on the top of my foot, about the size of half a ping pong ball. No injury, not bruised should I go to my doctor?

One : One of the things i'd want to know is how long you've had this, does it seem to appear larger one day and smaller another day? If so, you might have a ganglion cyst, which is a cyst filled with thick joint fluid that usually grows from a tendon. Since the top of your foot (and top of the hand) have so many tendons, these are the two most common places for ganglions to appear. They are not dangerous, and never turn malignant. Sometimes they are painful if they're pressing on a nerve, but most times they are painless. An ultrasound would be able to show the presence of fluid in this lump. If there is fluid present, it is 99.9% ganglion, since true tumors do not contain fluid. The conservative treatment for a ganglion is to aspirate it (draw out the fluid) and inject some steroid solution into the area to prevent it from recurring (there is a recurrence rate to these things). The alternative treatment for stubborn, recurrent ganglions is to surgically remove it. This is usually a pretty simple surgery, since they're not all that deep, but there are some important nerves in that area that need to be watched for during the surgery. Hope this helps! good luck. ...Read more

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How do you prevent foot and ankle injuries when running?

How do you prevent foot and ankle injuries when running?

Moderation: Wearing the correct shoe for your foot type, increasing your speed and distance 10% at a time, running with good form. ...Read more

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What causes a swollen & painful ankle/foot WITHOUT any injury? Also discoloration/bruising on the inside ankle. Very hard to put any weight on it

Pain without injury: There can be many different reasons for pain and swelling to an area without trauma. Some common reasons are infection, tendonitis, gout, joint inflammation and reaction to an insect bite. I recommend being seen in person or virtually for a proper work-up, diagnosis and treatment plan. If you have a fever, pain out of proportion or see red streaking you will need immediate treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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