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tutuswithouttears

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*Note: I wasn't sure where to put this, and I wanted someone to see it as soon as possible, so if this is the wrong place, I apologize.
Tonight there were rehearsals for DD12 and DD15's winter recital. There are more rehearsals for that tomorrow, and then Thursday night are rehearsals for the Nutcracker. While DD15 was running her lyrical dance, she landed a center leap incorrectly and slammed her right heel into the stage. She has a very high pain tolerance normally so I knew it was bad when she started to cry. She has iced it (20 minutes on then 20 minutes off) and did not do her other dances tonight, but she is limping heavily and slowly, to the point where I'm not sure if she's going to be able to make it to classes on time in school tomorrow.
She is insistent that we not go to the ER (I believe what she actually said was "No doctors!"). I understand why she doesn't want to go to a doctor, because a diagnosis of a bad sprain or fracture would mean that she would be unable to perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker on Saturday. But she has had seven previous fractures and I heard her admitting to her best friend that it feels like another break. 
Normally, I would force her to go to a doctor because health comes before dance, but the studio struggled to fill all of the lead roles this year with competent dancers and as a result, DD has no understudy for the Sugar Plum Fairy. If she is unable to do the show, I'm not sure what will happen.
I have never been so panicked about an injury in my life. If she can't perform, she will be devastated. Thoughts on what I should do????
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Take her to the doctor.  Your kids health is more important than the show.  They'll figure something out if she's broken her foot.  If she dances on that foot and it's broken she could make her recovery much worst.
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Very strong Epson salt soaks may help if it is just a sprain or bruse.
I might even suggest she not go to school tomorrow and see if resting all day helps. 
My heart goes out to you, I hope she can dance this weekend!
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Get it checked out asap! She could ruin her chances of dancing ever again if she was to do something worse. The dr may be able to give some instructions on how to rest it before and between shows. Do you have a sports therapist? That's where we go. She just seems to understand the need to compete/perform better.
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I would take her to the doctor. Once you know what is wrong, you can ask the doctor if dancing on it is a matter or pain tolerance or if it would likely worsen the injury. Good luck and so sorry to hear she is hurt.
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7 previous fractures? And you listen to a 15yr old about whether she wants to see a doctor or not?

Go read what you wrote. What would you tell someone else?
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Definitely get her seen. when you look at the big picture what's more important. Your daughters health or Sugar Plum.

With 7 previous fractures I would be worried that something is wrong physically or with technique.
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Get her checked. And while you are there you may want to have other tests done to find out why your d is so susceptible to fracturing her bones. Seven previous fractures is for sure a red flag for me and I would want to make sure there is not an underlying condition that could be making her bones so vulnerable
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Absolutely get her checked out. Sometimes 15 year old are perfectly capable making decisions about their life and health. Your DD is letting her desire to dance this part, which I'm sure is exciting and hard-won, get in the way of taking care of her body. Yes, she'll be devastated if she can't dance. But she'll be even more devastated if she dances, and gets permanently injured. 
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Definitely get her seen. when you look at the big picture what's more important. Your daughters health or Sugar Plum. With 7 previous fractures I would be worried that something is wrong physically or with technique.


I agree. For sure she needs a Dr. and then I would find a physical therapist that works with dancers. My daughter's back problems came from improper technique that either her teachers did not catch or more likely was something they did catch but she just ignored them.

I would not worry about the performance. The studio can work that out. Her health should come first.
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Get her checked. And while you are there you may want to have other tests done to find out why your d us so susceptible to fracturing her bones. Seven previous fractures is for sure a red flag for me and I would want to make sure there is not an underlying condition that could be making her bones so vulnerable


Yes. My kid did have underlying problems that *I* caught. I took her to a specialist on my own because her regular Dr. didn't see a problem. And sometimes the problems are not obvious ones.
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Go to the ER and see what you're working with. You could be all in a tizzy over a bruise. If she can't dance the studio needs to know ASAP. it'll be easier for them to find a substitute with 3 days to go than it will if you wait any longer
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Her Health Is very Important, Then anything take her to  a doctor
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Definitely take her to the doctor and get that checked!  
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Diagnosis of a bad sprain or fracture would mean that she would be unable to perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker on Saturday. But she has had seven previous fractures and I heard her admitting to her best friend that it feels like another break. 

Normally, I would force her to go to a doctor because health comes before dance, but the studio struggled to fill all of the lead roles this year with competent dancers and as a result, DD has no understudy for the Sugar Plum Fairy. If she is unable to do the show, I'm not sure what will happen.


(1) She has a history of fractures.  See a doctor.
(2) Injuries in dance ARE normal.  So see a doctor.
(3) Someone will learn the part, the show will go on.
(4) #3 is true even if DD is getting paid by the studio to dance.  But I suspect the opposite is true, that you are paying the studio.

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Take her to the doctor.  Health and well being trumps everything.  I don't understand why this is even a question.
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i would be taking her to the doctor 100% for sure.

And I would be asking for doctor to dig deeper into why this child has had 7 precious fractures!! That seems like a pretty big red flag for me.
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I would force her to go to the doctor. Going to the doctor won't make the injury any better or worse, it will simply give you the information you need to make a better informed decision.

If the doctor says no dancing, you and your daughter then make a decision to either follow those instructions and not dance, ignore those instructions and dance anyway or seek a second opinion.

The nature or the injury will play a big role in making that decision. If it is a full on break then dancing would be silly, but it might be something else.
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My kid did the same this season, miss-landed hard on her heel.  Took her to a sports medicine clinic.  Xray proved nothing broken.  Doctor said this is one of the rare cases he recommends heat therapy.  The way he explained it, all the ligaments join in this area, it rapidly pools with blood underneath but the blood has a hard time leaving so it is slow to heal - that's where the heat comes in.  He also recommended a heel pad but their dispenser was closed.  We picked up some gel inserts at the pharmacy (he said one for each heel so she didn't feel lopsided) they helped a lot for tap class.  They were deep into choreo, so she still danced (then complained AFTER), but had to pull her jazz solo at one convention because she couldn't leap or land her arial.  Took a good 3 weeks for her to stop mentioning it.  A friend did same as an adult and she had a terrible time recovering - even used a cane for about 4 months.  I wonder if her doctor recommended heat though?
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I would not allow any 15 year old to tell me she's not going to the Dr.  You are her mother and you are the boss.  If she is injured she needs to be seen.

Not being able to dance this one show (which will go on without her no matter what) is not the end of the world but an untreated injury can be.  I danced until I was 19 and many times on injured legs.  At 25 I had to have my knee completely rebuilt from all the damage I had done over my teen years.  It is not worth it.
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I would be going to the doctor.
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Please let us know if you went to the doctor and the result. I hope she is ok and able to perform.
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tutuswithouttears

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Thank you for all of your concern and advice! I decided to go with my gut and take her to the doctor. They took x-rays which revealed no fracture but the doctor said there was a lot of inflammation. He gave her a heel cup and a walking boot and asked us to come back in two weeks. He did say that if she was going to dance in the show, that she should take three Advil beforehand.
She did end up performing, and I couldn't have been more proud. She hobbled a little when she was walking but no one could tell she was hurt while she was dancing.
As for the seven previous fractures, I have asked the doctors about the possibility of a bone density issue and she has undergone several tests, but no one has been able to tell us why she fractures so easily. Thankfully, none of her breaks have actually occurred while she was dancing. She's broken both wrists (not simultaneously) by slipping and falling while walking, her foot by falling down the stairs, her shoulder by falling off the monkey bars, but nothing except this heel dilemma while dancing. Her pediatrician says she just doesn't drink enough milk. I'm not convinced, but we haven't had a lot of time to be pursuing it.
Again, thank you for all of your assistance! I hope all of your daughters' Nutcrackers went well!
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SO happy to hear that you had her checked out and that she was abe to dance! 

As for her multiple fractures...I have friends whose child had similar issues. I would suggest you ask to have her Vitamin D levels checked as well as a celiac disease panel test. If she has any vitamin defeciency you need to find the cause of the defeciency, which is often times Celiac disease. Good luck!

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Apolla Shocks are good for inflammation, may help her on her recovery road! Also Arnica Montana helps reduce inflammation, bruising, and swelling. Hope she gets better soon!
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