Your browser does not support JavaScript
Specialized Care for Dancers
Posted By: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017


NICHOLAS T. GATES, MDWhen classical, competition and team dancers get hurt, they are more likely to push through pain than other athletes. Such reluctance to seek help is due to several unique factors, yet all of these challenges are addressed by the health care offered by orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist Nicholas T. Gates, M.D.

Particular Injuries

Ballet dancers are prone to positional and over-use injuries. Os Trigonum Syndrome (The Nutcracker Syndrome) is a common ankle injury caused by flexing the foot downward en pointe, or standing on tiptoes. "Certain dancers will pinch a bone in the back of the ankle repetitively... They are cracking a small piece of bone as a nutcracker would crack a walnut," explains Dr. Gates. This repetitive movement may break the bone.

Dance team athletes and those engaged in competitive cheerleading may also experience positional issues and are at increased risk for ankle sprains and injuries from tumbling and gymnastics.

Nicholas T. Gates, M.D., is a board-certified foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine speclalist. He serves as team physician for Highlands High School and treats both athletes and nonathletes.


Blog Categories

  • Knee
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hips
  • Therapy
  • Joint Replacement
  • Elbow
  • Back
  • Hand & Wrist
  • Shoulder
  • Press Release
  • General
  • Ankle
  • Foot
    • 10/06/2017 - Breakthrough in the Treatment
    • 04/11/2017 - Specialized Care for Dancers -
    • 04/11/2017 - Specialized Care for Dancers
    • 07/30/2014 - Common Symptoms of Plantar Fas
    • 06/02/2014 - What is the plantar fascia, an
    • 06/02/2014 - Learn About Plantar Fasciitis
  • Fracture
  • Recipes

Tag Cloud


The Orthopaedic Authority


Copyright © 2023. OrthoCincy Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. All Rights Reserved. Non-Discrimination Policy. Privacy Policy.