Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Author // Arianna
Posted in // ballet

So you’ve started back dancing. You’re feeling sore. It hurts to walk up and down the stairs. Your toes are screaming at you every single time that you slip them into close-toed shoes. So how do you deal with the pain?

Take Preventative Measures:

  • Wrap Your Toes. If you do things before your class then you may still have some pain, but it won’t be unbearable. Make sure that you wrap your toes, invest in new toe pads, etc. Make sure that you try multiple toe pads so that you can figure out which one works best for you. My sister loved Ouch Pouches when she danced while I preferred Lambs’ Wool. Everyone is different.
  • Keep Working Out. I’ve found that when I’m sore, the worst thing to do is to just wallow in pain. You’ll feel better stretching or lightly working out.

Listen to Your Body:

  • New Skin. Using New Skin on your blisters will help them to heal faster so that you can keep dancing. It may burn but it really helps in the long run.
  • Wear some bigger shoes (dress comfortably). You are shoving your feet into a really tiny, hard pointe shoe when you’re in class. When you’re not in class make sure that you are not putting more stress on aggravated areas.
  • Advil. You may do all of that, and you’re still in pain. You have class in 15 minutes and the thought of putting on your pointe shoes is going to make you cry. If you need to take medicine be sure to check with a parent and follow the directions on the bottle.

Have fun and good luck with the new season!!


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