Prevention and treatment of foot and ankle in children who do dance.

Dance has always been the favorite activity of girls who, from a very young age, dream of wearing a tutu, but an ever-increasing number of boys have been now approaching dance with passion. The first classes start usually from 5 years old.

What are the benefits of this discipline?
We know well that dance promotes a correct posture, gives elegance to the movements and teaches a sense of rhythm, but not only. Dance is also “a proprioceptive exception”.

Proprioception is the ability to process feedback information of the body’s movements. This ability is essential to a proper functioning of the locomotor system.
Usually, it is trained with the assimilation of different motor patterns that can be acquired by doing one or, even better, several sport activities. On the contrary, dance – classic dance in particular – is based on learning the five positions and maintaining them and on the control of the “en dehors”.
On the surface it would seem only a rigid framework for its own sake, but actually it will help shape a well-balanced and more harmonious body.
This wonderful art requires the foot and ankle a unique commitment: just think of the stress the foot and ankle undergo to allow a dancer to raise up and stand “on tiptoes”.
High biomechanical stresses which give flexibility, mobility and power.

Another example of amplified proprioception comes from the arch of the foot and its need to provide a broader base of support for the foot on the ground, like looking at the ground like in a mirror and recognizing every single part of it.

Dear mom, say “yes” to the request of your child with serenity and enthusiasm, aware that such a choice will assure harmonious physical development by stimulating groups of muscles not trained by other sports. Dance is a complete activity, a discipline to train both body and mind, in search for overall harmony.