Avoid Injuries: Top Strategies for Feet
December 6, 2018
It can be difficult to know exactly how to best care for the health of your feet. After all, the human foot contains 26 bones, and all are intricately involved in all the movements required as part of a typical dance routine. Maintaining your dancing performance as a dancer starts with taking care of your feet and ensuring that they’re providing you enough support.
Healthy feet will be more resistant to injury and will continue to perform well later in life. In addition to its impact on your ability to dance, improving your foot condition will also help boost your overall physical health. Simply wearing a pair of comfortable women’s boots or sneakers when you aren’t dancing can help your feet recover during your downtime. The following are some additional quick tips to help you avoid injuries and stay in great shape.
Start With Your Nails
They may not seem as important as bones and joints, but neglecting to care for your toenails can lead to painful injuries. One easy way to start changing the way you manage your nails is to cut them short and straight across rather than with a curve. This will help you avoid ingrown toenails, which can be surprisingly painful.
You should also consider avoiding nail polish, or at least switching to a transparent polish. Opaque polishes make it impossible to see issues developing underneath the nail, preventing you from taking early action. If you need to do your nails for a special event, remove the polish the next day to ensure that there are no issues beneath the surface.
Get the Right Shoes
This might seem like an obvious tip, but you may not be aware of the difference even a minor size adjustment can have on your overall comfort. Shoes that are slightly too small force your foot to squeeze into an unnaturally tight space, while larger shoes allow your foot to slide and can negatively influence your ability to balance.
Wearing poorly fitting shoes is more common than you may think, and it’s can have even more of an impact when your shoes are involved in a strenuous activity like dancing. If you’re having consistent foot pain, it may be worth taking a second look at your shoes and potentially purchasing a new pair.
Seek Medical Attention
Many minor problems can be addressed using simple tips and home remedies, but some cases warrant a doctor’s advice. If your foot pain worsens or doesn’t go away after a few weeks, it may be the sign of an underlying issue. Like almost every medical issue, it’s always better to bring these to your doctor’s attention as soon as you suspect a more serious problem.
As a dancer, your feet are essential to your daily life and work. It’s much easier to prevent these issues than it is to cure them once they’ve started, so it’s extremely important to take consistently good care of your feet. These tips will make it easy for you to keep your feet healthy and be the best dancer you can be.
~ Rae Steinbach for Taos Footwear: Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing (of course).