Foot Care Tips to Keep You on Your Toes
May 20, 2016
How are you taking care of your dancing feet? Whether you like to waltz or cha-cha or cross the dance floor in a glorious tango, your feet are the principal carriers of the rest of your body. And they don’t mind a little pampering.
So here are some suggestions from your friends at Fred Astaire Dance Studio as to the care of your precious feet.
Be careful breaking in new shoes (dance or otherwise). Blisters are our enemy! They may occur anywhere on the foot, but most often appear on the surface of the toes or on the heel. You may use a sterilized needle to pop a clear blister if the skin hasn’t broken; a red (blood blister) should be left to heal by itself and ought to be covered by a bandage.
Don’t worry much about calluses. If you are constantly on the dance floor and putting pressure on your feet, calluses are natural and can help prevent blisters. Resist the urge to take those calluses off with a pumice stone or with a pedicure. They’re actually protecting you.
Your feet can feel tight from dancing, and a foot massage can feel terrific. Here’s how to do a “selfie” – and all you need is a tennis ball. Take off your shoes and roll the soles of your feet over the tennis ball. Put enough of your weight on the tennis ball to feel your muscles relax. Pay particular attention to on the arch, the ball of your foot, and your toes.
Treat foot pain seriously. The foot is a complicated body part with 26 bones and 33 joints. If you have foot pain or your feet often feel sore and tired, seeing a podiatrist is recommended. Orthotics – shoe inserts – can relieve foot ache and prevent foot ailments that could end up requiring surgery, as can injections.
We’ll see you soon at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, putting those feet to good use. We’re your first choice for ballroom and Latin dance instruction, offering the best in group and private dance classes.