What are some ways to protect my feet once I am dancing en pointe?
- Treat blisters immediately as they form. Popping blisters can relieve pain and pressure and keep it small. You don’t want the blister to pop inside your shoe. To pop a blister:
- Clean the area thoroughly with soap and water.
- Disinfect the needle with rubbing alcohol.
- Insert the needle at the base of the blister. This will leave a protective covering on the vulnerable spot and reduce chances of infection.
- Allow the fluid to drain, applying slight pressure to help the fluid flow out.
- Apply a bandaid or moleskin to the area to reduce the rubbing that created the blister.
- Tape the toes or using moleskin patches can help to protect them from rubbing inside the shoe.
- Keep toenails trimmed short and straight across.
- Some dancer will use gel or lamb’s wool padding in their pointe shoes, but others feel it may interfere with the feel of the shoe.