If you are earning your living from dancing, you really have to pay attention to your feet and your shoes. From your dance shoes, to your casual ones, even to the slippers at home. The legs are the dancer’s only tool, all the equipment he or she has and ultimately, they have to take a good care of them!
Never wear shoes that are too tight.
They will squish your toes in an uncomfortable position and your feet would hurt at the end of the day. There are a tons of ways to stretch your shoes, but the most popular ones are two:
#1: spraying rubbing alcohol on the inside of the shoe and wear them with thick wool socks
#2: fill them with wet newspapers as much as you can and leave them for 24 hours.
If the shoes are only a bit tight both methods would help them stretch just enough.
Cure your blisters
Blisters are result of two things: moisture and fraction. Tape your feet before the dancing to prevent blisters, put spray deodorant on your feet. Prevention is always better than cure!
However, if you already have blisters, cure them. I’d like to pop my blisters but the opinions are 50/50 pro and against so decide for yourself. I use a sterilized needle and pinch the blister from side to side twice. I then drain it out completely and tut a medical tape over the blister to prevent further friction. Remove the tapes during the night to let them breathe and promote faster healing
Feet smelling badly
Eh, that’s very unpleasant, really. Do everything to prevent the smell:
- If you practice daily, rotate your shoes. Get an extra pair and alternate them daily, so they have the time to dry properly. You will also prevent blisters that way
- Use either antisweat spray on your feet or put dry tea bags into your shoes after your return home
- Wear anti-sweat slippers at home. My friend recommended me to get LeKapmoz as they were the ultimate women’s slippers for sweaty feet, and now I swear they changed my life.
- If you have fungus under your nails, cure them. Be consistent. Usual course of a treatment is 2-3 months, and you have to take care of your feet daily. My husband had to do this for 3 months straight. He gave up on week 3 the first time and the nails were not healed. The bad part just needs to grow and it takes time.
- Wash your feet thoroughly and dry them completely every night
Getting rid of calluses
That is not so much of a pain problem, rather than just not being visually stylish. They are just proof of your hard work as the feet harden and can handle the stress. When calluses harden you can get rid of them either by using pumice stone or with a file, but make sure you do not get rid of them completely