instep/toe pain and cramping?

some history...i'm a toewalker (caused by a mild form of cerebral palsy) and have been all of my life. i'm 16. i'm also a dancer...i've had a history of some foot pain due to foot deformity because of the way that i walk. i've also gotten cramps before which i put off to dancing - for example, sometimes when i point my feet my instep will cramp. but it didn't happen often, or it used to not, so i didn't worry about it. also, whenever i was first starting pointe work, when i would go up on my shoes i would get like...a charley horse, in the arch of my foot.

however...recently, as in, the past few weeks...i have experienced a lot of pain whenever i walk/point or flex my toes really hard. the pain is mostly in the last 3 or 4 toes...my instep has also been cramping up MUCH more often. i realize that as a dancer i'll probably always have problems with my feet, but i've been dancing at the rate i am now for nearly two years and the cramping/pain has never been this bad. is this normal or should i be worried?

Posted By meg on April 28, 2004 at 21:06:55:

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