Premature Growth Plate Closure in a Ballet Dancer en Pointe

In Research

Clin J Sport Med. 2016 Aug 5. [Epub ahead of print]; 2017 Sept Volume 27, Issue 5: e69 – e71.


Shah S1.


A 13-year-old ballet dancer who had been dancing en pointe (on the tips of the toes) since 10 years presented to the clinic with a shortened right second toe. She had no previous history of pain or trauma. She was diagnosed with premature growth arrest of the second metatarsal head physes resulting in a shortened metatarsal. This is the first reported case of premature growth arrest in a ballet dancer as a result of dancing en pointe.