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Ballet Arches

Posted by Michelle S. on 3/25/02 at 17:28 (077532)

I was wondering if anyone has any information on surgury for the arches? A dancers arches have to flex far enough forward so that the knee is vertical to the toe while on pointe. In the proffesional world of ballet this can cause to lose you a position with a compnay, I'm not kidding at all. I know of dancers in New York who have had the surgury, and Gelsey Kirkland briefly touches on her experience in her autobiography, but besides the visual results I can not find any information on the risks and recovery period. I asked why I did not recieve a call back at an audition recently and I was honestly told my feet were the problem. I've worked to hard to give up and want to know what avenues I can take. If this surgury is safe I would like to find someone who can refer me to a west coast doctor. Any information would be great. I'd also love to hear from someone who has had the surgury. Thanks!

Re: Ballet Arches

Ed Davis, DPM on 3/25/02 at 23:44 (077558)

This type of surgery involves a fairly long recovery period--- 6 to 9 months. Where on the West coast are you?

If you can get to Seattle, see my friend, Dr. Alan Woodle. He is the podiatrist for the Seattle Ballet.
Ed

Re: Ballet Arches

Michelle S. on 3/26/02 at 18:28 (077651)

Thank you Dr. Davis for getting back to me. I live in San Jose, California, but have family in the Pudget Sound, and almost attended PNB's school this last summer. I've talked to my school's director about the surgury recently and he is very concerned with the recovery time, but I still fell it's worth it, he had to admit himself he didn't blame me for wanting to do this, but just didn't want me to lose valuable training time. Any recomendations or numbers would be wonderful. Thanks again! Michelle Smith-Lamb

Re: Ballet Arches

Alan W on 5/11/02 at 06:03 (083501)

Dear Michelle-
I saw my name posted on this web site regarding foot surgery and ballet.
I am the consulting foot specialist for Pacific Northwest Ballet here in Seattle. Feel free to call my office if you wish to discuss any questions you might have. Did we speak on the phone previously? I recall a dancer calling me from the San Jose area - perhaps it was you that i spoke to.
-Dr. Alan Woodle D.P.M. 1-206-784-3144 (seattle office)

Re: Ballet Arches

john h on 5/11/02 at 09:46 (083528)

Some years ago I emailed the New York Ballet Company to inquire as to who they used for foot problems and did they experience many foot problems. Their reply was very curt and they would tell me nothing.

Re: Ballet Arches

Ed Davis, DPM on 3/25/02 at 23:44 (077558)

This type of surgery involves a fairly long recovery period--- 6 to 9 months. Where on the West coast are you?

If you can get to Seattle, see my friend, Dr. Alan Woodle. He is the podiatrist for the Seattle Ballet.
Ed

Re: Ballet Arches

Michelle S. on 3/26/02 at 18:28 (077651)

Thank you Dr. Davis for getting back to me. I live in San Jose, California, but have family in the Pudget Sound, and almost attended PNB's school this last summer. I've talked to my school's director about the surgury recently and he is very concerned with the recovery time, but I still fell it's worth it, he had to admit himself he didn't blame me for wanting to do this, but just didn't want me to lose valuable training time. Any recomendations or numbers would be wonderful. Thanks again! Michelle Smith-Lamb

Re: Ballet Arches

Alan W on 5/11/02 at 06:03 (083501)

Dear Michelle-
I saw my name posted on this web site regarding foot surgery and ballet.
I am the consulting foot specialist for Pacific Northwest Ballet here in Seattle. Feel free to call my office if you wish to discuss any questions you might have. Did we speak on the phone previously? I recall a dancer calling me from the San Jose area - perhaps it was you that i spoke to.
-Dr. Alan Woodle D.P.M. 1-206-784-3144 (seattle office)

Re: Ballet Arches

john h on 5/11/02 at 09:46 (083528)

Some years ago I emailed the New York Ballet Company to inquire as to who they used for foot problems and did they experience many foot problems. Their reply was very curt and they would tell me nothing.