Top Of Foot Pain
Training in dance pointe shoes, especially if you have started a bit before you are truly ready to get into pointe shoes, may show some weaknesses in your foot structure that you were unaware of before.
First however, if you experience top of foot pain, please see a health practitioner and make sure you do not have a stress fracture.
Top of foot pain can occur if your arch is flattening out. This puts pressure on the top of the foot, where the bones are now compressing together, called dorsal compression syndrome.
- Growth spurts
- Weight gain
- Hormonal changes
Wearing flip-flops, unstructured shoes, and soft slippers at home, or walking around with bare feet, can aggravate this problem.
Unfortunately the familiar human growth and aging stages are completely thrown off due to the deterioration of food quality and food additives and contaminants.
If you are working toward, or are dancing in pointe shoes, you need extra everything--proteins, vitamins, minerals and good pure water.
If you have ruled out a stress fracture for your top of foot pain, and if you are doing special pointe shoes exercises, and you still have foot pain, take a look at the footwear you have for home, daily use and other working out.
If you wear sneakers to school, make sure you have shoes with a good arch support and a well built heel that will not allow you to pronate, or roll inwards, flattening your arch.
At home, don't wear bare feet all the time. Get some slippers with an arch support, or flip-flops with an arch support.
Over the counter orthotics with some arch support are better than none, if custom-made orthotics are not an option for you.
A multi-vitamin, from food sources, including the B Complex and B6, can be added to your daily diet, unless you are allergic to some of these substances.
Soaking your feet with magnesium chloride or Epsom Salts absorbs magnesium into your body. This feeds and relaxes your muscles.
Icing painful feet decreases inflammation and pain.
There is much a dancer can do to diminish top of foot pain and get stronger for dance pointe shoes. Get your own copy of The Perfect Pointe Book and work those exercises until your feet are as strong as they need to be!