This time of year a ballerina's feet get completely butchered. All the hours of classes and rehearsals start to really add up. And it's not just the holiday season/ballet dancers. Competitions can take a serious toll on all kinds of dancers and any performance, period, means extra hours of dancing and rehearsing. It's inevitable that your feet will get beat up, but there are ways to take care of them so you can prevent internal injuries as well as external.
I've been on pointe for six years now. I was looking through some photos and I found a picture of my feet after my first week on pointe. And I thought it was bad then! HA!
After six years of pointe:Holy crap my bunions have gotten bad...
ANYWAY, here are some great tips and products for keeping your feet in tip-top-shape.
- Dr. Roth's Foot Fixer Kit: http://www.drroths.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.footfixer
- Roll a tennis ball underneath the ball of your foot to massage those muscles. It feels awesome!
- Take a foot bath. It really helps tremendously.
- Although it may seem as though it wouldn't really do much, washing your feet can feel fantastic and also relieves your family members of that not-so-pleasant smell. This foot wash makes my feet feel so much better afterwards and I love that minty smell. :) http://www.drroths.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.footwash
- Keep your feet wrapped up in something warm. When your muscles are cold they don't function as smoothly and can even tend to crack.
- Warm your feet up before dancing. Stretch them out, flex them and do a few ankle roles before you begin your day of dancing.
I hope these help! Dancing is such hard work and sometimes we dancers forget to take care of ourselves. Always take time to care for your body.