The physical demands placed on a dancer’s foot are just “whacked”! It is crazy to think about the hours they are on their feet, the different types of shoes they wear, and, oh by the way, in case you did not notice, their feet change all the time…
While we can not directly affect what happens during dance to their feet (except to make sure the shoes our kids wear fit properly), we can make sure good things are happening to their feet before and after dance.
Practice good foot hygiene! Do not work around the studio without something on your feet. Wash them well at the end of each day. Spray your shoes periodically with disinfectant to limit your exposure to things that can cause athletes foot and plantar warts.
These couple of tips will help now and for years to come. If you do experience any type of foot condition that does not resolve with home care, contact a knowledgeable health professional that is familiar with dance.
Written by dance dad Dr. Alan K. Sokoloff