Podiatry and pointe work can be a really beneficial combination. Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and the lower leg. Going en pointe for the first time is a sign of a dancer’s maturation and everything should be done to ensure that this progression is smooth and seamless.
I do recommend a visit to the podiatrist before commencing pointe work, as this specialised professional will instruct you on measures to protect your toes and feet and set you up with some good habits and knowledge to safeguard you from any problems down the track.
If your feet are in optimal condition before you commence pointe work, you will definitely endure less pain and be in a better position to lay your foundations correctly whilst establishing good habits for the future.
Before Your Visit to the Podiatrist;
1. Call before your visit to tell the office of any special needs, and to find out if you need a referral from your GP.
2. Make a list of all the questions you would like to ask.
3. Gather and bring any important medical records and laboratory test reports from other doctors or hospitals (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab results) if applicable.
4. Bring a friend or family member if you think it will be helpful.
5. Bring your pointe shoes and any necessary padding.
During Your Visit with the Podiatrist;
1. Go over your list of questions, it may be a good idea to write the responses down for future reference.
2. If you do not understand an answer, be sure to ask for further explanation.
3. If the Podiatrist suggests anything in particular, be sure you find out where and how you can attain it.
Written by; Vicki Attard