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Dance Medicine

Brian Dawson, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Brian Dawson, DPM

Podiatrist located in Brooklyn, NY

Dancers are at a much higher risk of foot and ankle injuries than the general population. At his Brooklyn Heights practice, Dr. Dawson provides state-of-the-art approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dance-related injuries in dancers throughout New York City, helping them return to their passion without pain or discomfort.

Dance Medicine

What is dance medicine?

Dance medicine includes diagnostic procedures, treatments, therapies, and even surgeries focused specifically on dance-related injuries, and injuries not directly related to dance, but which can have an impact on a dancer's ability to perform. Like sports medicine, which focuses on helping injured athletes return to their sports with greater strength and endurance, dance medicine aims to do the same for dancers of all levels, from students to professionals. Treatments address not only the anatomy of the foot and ankle, but also the biomechanical and neuromotor issues affecting the feet and ankles that can have an impact on dance performance. Dance medicine also provides guidance, and education and therapies to help prevent injuries, so dancers stay as healthy as possible.

What are the most common types of dance-related foot and ankle injuries?

Because of the extreme stresses their feet and ankles are exposed to every day, dancers experience an array of injuries, including:

  • Ligament injuries

  • Bunions

  • Corns and calluses

  • Joint stiffness and rigidity

  • Bone spurs and “dancer's heel”

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot

  • Nerve impingements

  • Achilles tendon problems

  • Trigger toe, or FHL tenosynovitis

  • Anterior impingement syndrome affecting the top portion of the ankle

  • Ankle sprains

  • Fractures and stress fractures

  • Shin splints

How are dance-related injuries treated?

That depends on the type of injury and the overall health of the foot and ankle. Some injuries can be treated with conservative approaches including: use of medications to reduce pain and inflammation; physical therapy and stretching exercises; injections of medications to reduce inflammation; and even surgical intervention when needed. Patients also receive a comprehensive care plan to enable them to fully heal and prevent future injuries from occurring.

Insurance Plans Accepted

If you are unsure if we accept your insurance, please call our office.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Multiplan PHCS
Multiplan, Inc.
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)