Every dancer knows that their toes put in a lot of time and effort to dance. The result? Tired, aching toes. Here are some tips that will keep your toes in tip top shape.
At least once a week give your toes a little special attention, whether it be a soak in warm water or a mini massage.
Cut your toenails! Be sure not to cut them too short, nor round the nail, for this can result in very painful ingrown toenails. Instead just cut them straight across.
Blisters are common among dancers. These blisters occur when an area of your foot rubs against your ballet or pointe shoes. If the blisther didn’t pop yet, do not pop it! Wait for it to pop on its own. Also leave the skin on, even if it is hanging or hanging by a thread. The skin acts as a natural bandage that protects the blister. When you wash your feet, be sure to wash the blister as well, so it doesn’t get infected. So people prefer to dry out their blisters using hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol, but this method does sting. Others put Vaseline or their blisters every morning and night, air out the blisters, and wait for them to heal. After pointework, soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salts does help take the pain away. It relaxes you, and soaking your feet also keeps your feet soft.
Lastly, spread either cream or Vaseline on your feet each night. This will keep your feet soft and smooth.
With the use of these helpful tips your toes and feet will stay in tip-top shape!
Claire, Age 12
Patterson School of Ballet
2415 West 26 Street
Erie, PA 16506