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Centre for Orthopaedics
Suite 10-33/34/35 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore, 329563, Singapore
Ph: (65) 6684 5828
Fax: (65) 6684 5829

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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My 11-year-old daughter has just started dancing in toe shoes at her ballet class. After complaining about foot pain for a week, I took her to see the doctor. The doctor said my daughter has an avulsion fracture. What is this?

An avulsion fracture occurs when a small piece of bone breaks off from the main bone while still attached to the tendon or muscle. This type of foot fracture usually only requires a splint or short walking cast until the symptoms are gone--usually a couple weeks.

Your daughter can return to dancing when she is pain-free. A careful review of what caused this injury is important to prevent it from happening again.


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