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gymnastparent

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Hello everyone,

My dd started gymnastics really late, at the age of 15, and has been doing it for 9 months. She does not compete and does recreational gymnastics (Level 3) for about 2-3 hours a week. Recently her foot's been hurting when she puts pressure on the ball of her foot. She also says that the arch of her foot hurts. The weird thing is is that it doesn't hurt when she goes on releve. This has been going on for a few weeks now.

Does anyone know what may have caused this? She doesn't remember injuring it or anything.
I haven't brought her to a doctor or anything yet, should I?
She's still been going to gym practice and been doing everything, should she stop?

Thanks!
 

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Someone posted here about Sever's disease recently. I looked it up, because my DD has been complaining about pain in her feet the last couple of weeks. I haven't taken her to the doctor yet, but sounds like this could be it.
Sever's Disease
 

TeamGram

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Also check for vitamin D deficiency. My DGD has foot and ankle pain and has been diagnosed with severe vit. D deficiency and is having further tests for rheumatoid arthritis. She is currently wearing an ortho boot to help rest the foot. Best wishes to your DD, hope it is something simple and she is back to her old self soon.:D
 

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I think Severs is more heel related. Definitely need to see a dr, podiatrist, or ortho regardless.
 

gymnastparent

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Thanks everyone for the feedback! I will be bringing DD to a doctor and see what he/she says...Hopefully it isn't something major!
 

TeamGram

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this thread is kinda all over the place...

I posted about my DGD to point out that she had foot pain, went to an orthopedic specialist, and found there were no fractures, no growth plate issues or ligament problems. He ordered blood work and that is were they found the vitamin D defiency and the high auto immune results. Just pointing out that it's not always a clear cut problem. Best course of action is always to get professional medical advice.:)
 

gymnastparent

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So I brought DD to the doctor's this morning and they didn't find anything wrong with her foot. They said that she could still go to gymnastics if she felt like it'll alright. When do you guys think I should pull her out of class? Do you think she should stop whenever she feels any sort of pain?
 

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I have had foot problems like this for years, with me it is nothing major but it can be painful at times. Have you tried a physiotherapist? Especially helpful if you can find one who specialises in gymnastics or dance. I would also recommend a St John neuromuscular therapist if you can find one.
 

Amyskis

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Is the pain under the ball of the big toe? If so, look into Sesamoid pain. Many highly trained docs missed my daughter's Sesamoid fracture...hurt when taking off. Thanks to many missed xrays, she spent over a year on a fractured sesamoid and getting someone to take it seriously and get an MRI was like pulling teeth. But, all healed now, after 6 months:). Listen to your gut, docs can be wrong. Good luck!
 
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gymnastparent

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Hmm she does have some pain under the ball of her big toe, but we did have a xray done of her foot and we didn't find anything...Can a fractured sesamoid be seen on a xray or will an MRI need to be done?
 

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To the OP ... You mentioned you took her to a DR. Was it a sports medicine dr? And did they take a weight bearing X-ray of the foot?

I'm sad to say, that when it comes to the child athlete - not all doctors are created equally.

My DD was complaining of lower back pain. I took her to the Pediatrician, who recommended rest and anti-inflammatories. It did not improve, so I sought a second opinion with the sports medicine Dr. The sports medicine dr. Immediately ordered rads to rule out THE MOST COMMON CAUSE of low back pain in adolescent gymnasts a stress fracture in the spine. The radiograph findings are suspicious, so she has to have a bone scan.
 

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You have to be your child's advocate and also be an educated consumer of healthcare!
 

gymnastparent

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To the OP ... You mentioned you took her to a DR. Was it a sports medicine dr? And did they take a weight bearing X-ray of the foot?

I'm sad to say, that when it comes to the child athlete - not all doctors are created equally.

My DD was complaining of lower back pain. I took her to the Pediatrician, who recommended rest and anti-inflammatories. It did not improve, so I sought a second opinion with the sports medicine Dr. The sports medicine dr. Immediately ordered rads to rule out THE MOST COMMON CAUSE of low back pain in adolescent gymnasts a stress fracture in the spine. The radiograph findings are suspicious, so she has to have a bone scan.

No I did not take her to an sports medicine doctor, I just took her to a normal orthopedic doctor. There was no weight bearing xray and she was also put on anti-inflammatories that did not help much. I will definitely consider taking her to a sports medicine dr. The only thing is is that she's not in extreme pain, it just hurts here and there, would you still recommend getting it checked out?
 

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It took over two years for a doc to diagnose my sesamoid fracture. You have to ask for a weight bearing x Ray looking up at the bottom of her foot. They are hard to diagnose.
Hopefully you get some answers soon.

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I am going to reply to this with a warning I still think medical advice is best sought from MD but since in this case it maybe something they missed her is my DD story about her foot injury. My DD story does not replace medical advice and care it is still needed. My DD got her diagnosis from a Orthopedist that does only feet. He said it is nearly impossible to diagnose a fractured seasmoid without a MRI. Once she had the MRI it was found to be fractured in 3 places. What happens to these bones over time he explained is they are tiny and can have their blood supply cut off once that happens the bone dies (this is painful). Once it has died it can remain their no problems but it is more brittle and prone to fracture. Then the fractures cause pain in the surrounding ligaments and muscles. DD had a boot 9 weeks and no weight for the first 4 weeks. That was 3 years ago. When it acted up again not wanting to return to a boot we went to a Podiatrist in the Ortho group who is a hard core runner and understands sports a bit more. he put her in arch supports called Super Feet everywhere but gymnastics they were life saving for her feet. She has cork on the bottom a thin layer that cushions the sesamoid bone. It flairs once in awhile but not often! I strongly advice a 2nd opinion with someone who treats this before as we saw 3 MD's before it was caught. Another gymnast I know had this diagnosed after DD and hers was inflamed not fractured but same treatment boot no weight for less time. good luck to you
 

gymnastparent

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Thanks for all the input everyone. I asked DD today and she actually said that her pain is more directed behind the second and third toe and arch now, not so much the ball of the big toe. Could this still be related to the seasmoid?
 
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