What is posterior tibial tendinitis?
Like many foot and ankle problems, the symptoms of posterior tibial tendinitis may come and go for some time before they become nagging and constant and prompt you to seek treatment. The posterior tibial tendon is especially likely to develop tendinitis, as it bears the brunt of the responsibility for maintaining the arch of the foot. Left untreated, posterior tibial tendinitis leads to progressive flattening of the arch and loss of strength in the arch of the foot.
Heel pain — Achilles tendinitis
That nagging pain and stiffness at the back of your heel and the lower part of your calf has been there for a while, is slowly getting worse, and isn’t really going away. It’s starting to swell, and you’re having more and more trouble with flexing your ankle. These symptoms are signs that indicate you might have Achilles tendinitis. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, stretching from the bottom of the calf muscle to the back of the heel, and it is prone to inflammation from overuse.
Peripheral neuropathy of the feet
It starts with tingling in the toes, and slowly develops into tingling, numbness, or pain in the ball of the foot, then progresses to the arches, and the foot in its entirety -- this condition is known as peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a common condition, particularly for diabetics or heavy drinkers, and is not reversible. However, with proper management, the progress of peripheral neuropathy may be slowed. The symptoms generally begin slowly with burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting or stabbing pain in the toes. Without treatment, the feet will eventually become completely numb. If you believe you may have peripheral neuropathy, it is important to seek treatment right away.
Common foot ailments among dancers
Many dancers suffer from overuse or traumatic foot and ankle injuries, rivaling those of other athletes. Dancers suffer far more lower leg, foot, and ankle injuries than any other type of injury, half of which are from overuse, and occur seasonally as rehearsals and performances increase in frequency. Because a dancer’s career is typically short, ending in the mid- to late-20s, it is important to take dance-related injuries seriously.