Ballet may be hard on the feet. So much strain is placed on the foot through the techniques of ballet and the demands on the feet are extremely high. At the pro stage these demands may be nearly 8 or so hours each day and all that is carried out lightweight unsupportive footwear. The research evidence reports that ballet dancers have more foot issues than the general population. Almost all ballerinas should have their foot care routines which they do in order to strengthen the foot muscles and maintain their feet as well as toe nails. It requires many years to be successful in ballet and the very last thing which they wish to occur is for something to go wrong caused by a foot issue.
In an edition of the podiatry related live show, PodChatLive, they had a comprehensive talk about the foot problems in ballet and also the demands put on the foot. The two experts that the hosts interviewed were Catherine Crabb and Sarah Carter that are both teachers in Podiatric Medicine with the University of Western Australia in Perth. Before their podiatry careers both were ballet dancers at a high level which means this combined experiences and expertise in both podiatry and dancing means that they are both in a position to talk about this topic. The episode talked about whether the frequent concern of hypermobility is essential to be a ballerina and their answer could have pleasantly surprised lots of people. They outlined the most common injuries observed in ballet dancers and as 85% of dancing injuries are typically in the lower leg, it surely shows the relevance of podiatry. Furthermore they compared the discrepancies between female and male dancers and the distinct injuries seen. In addition, they talked about the importance of the ballet shoe along with the crazy things dancers do to them, along with the importance of a proper ‘pointe assessment’ and what it could encompass.