When you come in to Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute to be evaluated to begin using pointe shoes, the doctor will perform several tests.  These tests are designed to evaluate bone development, growth plate maturity, balance, muscle strength and overall dancing health.  Through these simple tests, each dancer can be individually evaluated to determine if dancing en pointe is appropriate at their current age.  These tests will include:

  • X-ray exam of feet and lower legs.
  • Muscle strength testing.
  • Balance testing.
  • Careful evaluation of foot and ankle structurally.
  • It will often include recommendations on exercises or other activities to improve ability to dance en pointe without problems.
Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute