Microporous Tape for Toes
Micropore toe tape to protect sore toes by Tendu. Length: 10m roll. Width: 2cm
Pointe work is highly demanding and can cause a lot of pain and injuries. However, before we become concerned about injuries, let’s emphasize, once again, how important the role of your ballet teacher is. Only the highly skilled, trained and certified classical ballet professor can train you properly, identify and correct your technique and posture errors and thereby help you avoid possible injuries.
A dancing on-pointe ballerina may suffer from various types of injuries. Some of them can be quite serious or chronic, requiring treatment by a specialist and some others can be common minor injuries, easily treated and do not inspire any concern. The most serious injuries, for example, contusions, fractures, ligament injuries, tendon or ligament ruptures, chronic tendinitis etc. occur due to various reasons such as poor technique, continuously improperly performed exercises, overwork, accidents etc. In case of such injuries, you will need diagnosis and treatment by a specialist, podiatrist-chiropodist or Sports physiatrist.
However, if you follow some basic rules and most importantly, your teacher's instructions you will probably be able to avoid all of the above. During your first pointe lessons (until you find accessories that suit you and protect your toes, nails, and skin and until your feet get used to pointe work) you are likely to encounter some minor injuries such as wounds on the tip of your toes, blisters and more rarely subungual hematoma (claw that blackens when hit).
Soothe your feet with a warm footbath after every ballet class. If you got injured and have blisters on your toes, you should clean your wounds regularly and thoroughly. For faster healing, use open shoes without socks if possible, to ventilate your feet or stay barefoot while you are at home. You can even put special medical dressings to avoid contamination. If you injure one of your toenails definitely let your teacher know. A subungual hematoma takes much longer to heal and the newborn nail will be fragile at the beginning (it will take about 1-2 months for the new nail to come out).
Back in ancient times, Hippocrates advocated that prevention is better than cure («Κάλλιον το προλαμβάνειν ή το θεραπεύειν»). Follow these basics rules and prevent yourself from injuries.
* The rosin is a resin derivative, used by ballerinas on pointe, for better traction on slippery floors.
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