While we will cover advice for walkers and runners in other blogs, what foot care advice can we give to dancers?
Probably the most important piece of advice is to make sure you have strong feet to start with, particularly, strong arches. This simple exercise stretches and strengthens the arch to ensure your feet provide a stable base for the rest of your body (useful for everyone, not just dancers).
The next thing to think about is footwear – comfort AND style are not always easy to find in a pair of dancing shoes, particularly for ladies. Key things to look for a heel that is not too high or narrow, a sole that is not too thin, and an insole that provides some cushioning, particularly under the ball of the foot. Extra cushioning can be provided by the wearing of gel pads. See the Simply Feet website for a good selection of GelX products (a selection of which we keep in stock at the clinic), or Technogel pads which are self-adhesive and stick directly to the foot. These can be used over and over again – the adhesive is regenerated by washing in mild soapy water and allowing to air dry. These are also available from the clinic, or from Footcaresupplies
After you have fox trotted, salsa’d or boogied the night away, how do you revive your tired, aching trotters?
A soothing footbath, preferably with a handful of Epsom salts (the magnesium is great for aching muscles) will make your feet feel happier. Then whilst seated, try rolling a tennis ball, or even better, one of our spiky Physioworx balls, under each foot. Backwards and forwards, round and round, under the arch will give them a great massage. Ask us for more details when you are next in the Clinic.
So as the late, great Brucie used to say “Keeeeep dancing!”