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    Posted: Jun 10 2013 at 9:43am

Our user asked: "My foot crackles. I just started on pointe. However, I think this problem might have existed before. With no weight on my feet, I point my right foot, the big toe doesn't point all the way, it locks, and I give it one more push and it does. When the big toe point it hurts a little, and crackles my foot, all the way up to my outer ankle near the tendon.When I put the toe back to un-point it crackles to the ankle a tad bit painfully again. Occasionally I feel pain near that toe on the pad of my foot, which is why I think this may have existed before pointe, but it does not physically feel related. Does anyone have any idea what is wrong with my foot? Are there any home remedies to just let it heal? Is my dance career over? Should I see a podiatrist?.... Additional info.: my grandmother and sister have arthritis."

Ask a PT Response: "You mention you are a dancer. Dancing puts an enormous amount of stress on your toes. If you have been dancing for quite ahwile you may have quite alot of contributing factors to your condition. From what you describe, I might suspect you have some arthrokinematic issues at your big toe (the joint is not moving properly). Your big toe could be hypomobile (stiff), weak, etc. It may be a good idea for you to see a physical therapist so that he or she could evaluate you and determine what may be going on and develop a plan of care specific to your needs. Best of luck to you."
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