Time to Pointe?
Did you know that when a ballerina is on Pointe, their toes carry 10 to 12 times their body weight! Here at Talaria, our Podiatrist Mirella is passionate about helping and educating young ballerinas. Are you a ballerina and ready to go on Pointe? If the answer is yes, continue reading this blog to find out the importance of completing a pre-pointe assessment before going up on Pointe!
- Nail issues; including involuted nails and ingrown nails
- Ankle sprains
- Corns and callouses
- Tendinopathies in the lower limb
- Speaking to your supervisor/teacher and parents: No one knows you better than your ballet teachers and parents. Firstly, sit them down and have an open conversation about your capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. They know your strengths and weaknesses and will let you know if they believe you're ready to Pointe!
- Age: The minimum age we consider a ballerina to go on Pointe is 11- 12 years old, with a solid foundation of a dance background and precisely two years of classical ballet training.
- Body stability and alignment: Pointe is not only considering how strong your feet and toes are. As Podiatrists, we check the mobility and range of motion in your hips, legs, ankles, and feet. We ensure that your lower limbs are strong and flexible enough to carry you on your toes!
- Various range of motions through your legs, ankles, and feet
- Stability and strength in the lower limb
- Alignment and stability
- Functional testing of the lower limb