Just the musings of a small-town professional ballerina, business owner, wife, and beagle mama as she attempts to make it through this thing called life.

Nov 3, 2010

Tending to the Toes

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!

Before six years of pointe:

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.

  • 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.



  1. Hay Ballerinablogger!

    I have to agree with you - ballerina's toes aren't the prettiest part of their body.

    I have been on pointe for almost two years, and my feet have got horrible lumps, bumps and blisters all over them.

    Thanks for the advice, I will certainly follow that!

    Izi xoxoxo

  2. Hey Izi! Thanks for commenting and continuing to read, you're the kind of follower everyone wants to have! :)


  3. Awww, thanks Ballerinablogger!

    I love your blog. I have suggested it to some of my friends, though I don't know if they have looked at it yet!

    You're blog is one of my FAVOURITES that I follow!

    Izi xoxoxo

  4. Thanks so much! That means a TON! :D


  5. I've been on pointe since march. I'm now dancing about three hours on pointe a week and my feet don't look that bad and I've never gotten a blister from my pointe shoes.

    I love you blog.

  6. Well, you're very fortunate so far. As your feet become more tender from all of the work/sweat you'll probably start to have an increasing amount of blisters. Thank you so much for reading/commenting! :)