If you are an athletes or just a regular person who does a lot of jumping activities then you might be at higher risk for jump-related foot injuries. There will always be the constant danger of foot injuries due to high impact or trauma caused by the force of the foot striking the ground.
Foot injuries can result from jumping and one of these injuries is what we call a dancer's fracture. This kind of fracture is the frequently occurs with dancers who perform jumping routines. This can be caused by simply landing on the wrong foot or when the foot is twisted when it hits the ground.
Dancer's foot is characterized by:
- pain close to the mid-foot area
- swelling of the affected area
- hematoma might or might not be present
Normally, the dancer experiences sudden pain that makes them unable to walk. The best way to diagnose if there is indeed a dancer's fracture is to consult a podiatrist to ensure the correct diagnosis. The doctor may also provide the patient with certain treatments such as immobilizing the affected area by casting or splinting it for 6-8 weeks or depending on the seriousness of the fracture. Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in foot care and treating foot injuries.
It is also important for you to know that there are first aid treatments that you can do immediately when a fracture occurs. Take note of the acronym RICE which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
- R - Rest the affected foot by not putting weight on it.
- I - ice application on the affected area. Make sure that you do not put the ice directly on top of the skin as it may cause irritation or damage. Instead, you may wrap it first with a plastic bag or a cloth before applying it to the area. Do the cold compress for 20 minutes every hour for the first 48 hours while you are awake, then decrease the application to 2-3 times per day.
- C - Compress the affected area to reduce swelling by using a compression bandage. Make sure that it is not too tight nor too loose.
- E - Elevate your foot above the level of where your heart is to reduce swelling and minimize bleeding as long as it does not add more pain.