As most dancers know, blisters are painful reminders of the stress dancing puts on the feet. Whether caused by ballet pointe shoes, tap shoes or bare feet on wooden flooring, blisters seem to be a part of every dancer's life. The best way to deal with blisters is to avoid them in the first place...here's how.
Time Required: A few minutes.
- Make sure your shoes fit. The easiest way to get a blister is to wear dance shoes that are either too big or too small. When shopping for dance shoes of any kind, make sure the shoes fit properly. It is always best to seek the help of a professional, especially when fitting shoes for ballet.
- Cover your feet. Most dance instructors recommend wearing dance tights or socks with dance shoes. As your feet begin to sweat, your bare skin will rub against the inside of your shoes. Tights will serve as a protective barrier between your shoes and your feet.
- Use foot powder. Sprinkling a small amount of powder inside your shoes will help keep your feet dry and prevent them from rubbing. Use foot powder, talcum powder, or cornstarch. Sprinkle a small amount inside each shoe and on your bare feet before slipping on your shoes.
- Cover hot spots. A "hot spot" is a warning sign that a blister is about to develop. Hot spots are areas that appear red and feel warm to the touch. Cover suspicious areas with bandages, medical tape, gauze or moleskin. Look in the foot care aisle of your favorite drug store for several preventative products.
- Rest your feet. Overuse is a common cause of any injury, so allowing your feet to rest will help prevent blisters. If it is impossible to take a day off, pamper your feet after long dance sessions by soaking them in a foot bath and allowing them to dry thoroughly.
- Baby your feet. If a blister develops, treat it appropriately.
- Give your feet a break. If blisters seem to be invading your feet, maybe your feet need a much needed rest.
What You Need
- Proper-fitting shoes.
- Bandages, tape or moleskin.
- Time for rest.