Are you a dancer who needs help with lower limb injuries? Georgina Barr is a podiatrist for dancers with a history in dance. Georgina engaged in many dance styles when younger and she is keen to share her experiences of injury management and prevention.
She works with dancers, teachers and dance-focused health professionals from throughout New Zealand to find the best care possible. Georgina is an affiliated committee member of the Christchurch Ballet Society, a Friend of the Royal Academy of Dance and a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. She also has completed the first stage of training in the Juon Pointe Shoe Fitting System.
Georgina the Podiatrist for Dancers
Georgina created the Podiatrist for Dancers Facebook page to allow open connections between knowledge on managing dance injuries and dancers. She posts regularly and is pleased to receive messages from throughout New Zealand and abroad!
As well as seeing dancers at the Bealey Avenue SportsMed clinic, Georgina regularly gives one hour seminars to Christchurch dancers (contact for cost). These talks include information on common skin and nail conditions and injury management and rehabilitation advice to help dancers take control of their injuries and recovery.
Have a plan for injury and prevention
Georgina’s dance history has also led her to create a Podiatry Ballet Biomechanical Assessment (PodBB) that pre-pointe ballet dancers can undergo to assess their readiness for pointe work. The assessment mixes podiatric tests with ballet-specific exercises and culminates with a recommendation to the student, their parents, and teachers.
Georgina works closely with the teachers to help protect the lower limbs of dancers new to pointe work and commonly assists in creating a plan for the student in conjunction with their teacher to get them pointe-ready!
To book in for an assessment please contact 0800 465 879 SportsMed and ask for a PodBB with Georgina.
Remember to bring all your shoes!
(Thank you to Dr C Cairns and the beautiful dancers at St Andrew's College for the images and our ongoing connection.)