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Stretches for Pointe Dancers

Pointe is a particular kind of ballet dance that is especially thrilling and challenging. Pointe dancers essentially put all of their weight on the tips of their toes. These dancers must wear special shoes to support this activity. Given the extraordinary nature of the type of dance, pointe dancers can consider performing special foot stretches. These foot stretches are ultimately meant to increase resilience in the feet and strengthen the muscles of the feet. A pointe dancer might consider warming up their feet by gently rolling out their feet with a tennis ball. This can be performed from a seated position and placing the tennis ball beneath each foot, one at a time. Also, from a seated position, you might consider strengthening the feet and ankle areas by pointing your toes and writing the alphabet with the foot in the air. If you are a pointe dancer, contact a podiatrist today. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Livonia, and Southfield, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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