For ballerinas, the feet are your most prized possessions, and of course the most important for keeping in good shape. That’s why it is imperative to take the necessary steps to keep them strong and healthy so that they can continue to carry you across the stage or dance floor with confidence during a performance or during your Ottawa ballet classes.
Here are some foot care tips for ballerinas to help ensure your feet stay good and strong.
Keep your Feet Clean and Dry
Since your feet are tightly strapped into your shoes each time you dance, it’s essential to keep them clean and dry. After every practice and performance, always take the time to use a gentle soap to clean your feet. Make sure the product you use won’t irritate or dry out your skin. Then dry them thoroughly afterward.
Keep Toenails Trimmed
Attempting to dance and stand up on your tippy toes can be a hard task to do well if your toenails are not trimmed. As a ballerina dancer, it’s important to keep your toenails trimmed, but also to trim them correctly. That means cutting them straight as opposed to downward at the edges. Cutting downward can lead to ingrown nails.
Wear Properly Fitted Shoes
Blisters are a common attribute to every dancer. But if you don’t have properly fitted shoes then they can become a more severe impediment and eventually affect your performance. Ensure that you use a pair of professional quality shoes that have been fitted. You can also insert cushioning into areas that are more prone to blisters.
It’s also important to wear well-fitted, comfortable shoes on a regular basis when you’re not dancing. This will of course, also affect how your feet feel when it’s time to dance.
Treat Callouses Gently
Callouses can be great for protecting your feet as a dancer. But if they develop too much they can become sore. To maintain them, gently use a pumice stone to rub against them and shed some of that skin. Avoid rubbing too hard.
Protect your Big Toe
When it’s time to point your toes and stand tall on them, always properly protect your big toe beforehand. And stay on top of those trimmed nails, especially if you do wear pointe shoes.
As a dancer, your feet have to endure a lot. Always take the time to provide the care they need so that they can allow you to continue performing to the best of your ability during performances and in ballet class.