Ballet is usually tough on the feet. A lot of strain is placed on the foot through the steps of ballet and the demands on the foot are really significant. At the pro stage all these demands might be about eight or so hours each day and all which is carried out light-weight unsupportive shoes. The research evidence shows that ballet performers have more foot issues in comparison to the non-dancing population. Almost all dancers will have their foot care regimens which they do to strengthen the foot muscles and take good care of their feet and toe nails. It requires several years to do well in ballet and the very last thing that they want to happen is for anything to go bad due to a foot issue.
In an episode of the podiatry relevant chat show, PodChatLive, they had an elaborate talk about the foot difficulties in dancing along with the loads placed on the foot. The two experts that the hosts interviewed were Catherine Crabb and Sarah Carter who are both teachers in Podiatric Medicine at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Before their podiatry careers Sarah and Catherine were dancers at a quite high level so this joined together activities and knowledge of both podiatry and dancing meant that they were both in a position to speak about this issue. The episode discussed if the common concern of hypermobility is necessary to become a dancer and their reply might have pleasantly surprised a lot of listeners. They reviewed the most prevalent injuries observed in ballet dancers and as 85% of ballet injuries are in the lower leg, it certainly indicates the importance of podiatry. In addition they compared the variations between male and female ballet dancers and the unique injuries noticed. In addition, they outlined the significance of the ballet shoe along with the mad things dancers do to them, and the significance about a proper ‘pointe assessment’ and what it could involve.