As a dancer you spend all day on (or jumping off) your feet. In class you hear all sorts of things about how to place your weight, how to point your feet, and how to jump higher. Let’s talk about some interesting feet facts to help improve the way you move.
Rolling in, or pronation, can injure your knees and hips
Try a demi plie and take a look at your feet. If you notice that your pinky toe is coming off the ground then you are likely pronating your feet. Pronation can result from turning out the feet past the physical ability of the hips or not maintaining turn out during a plie. Whenever the legs are bent, knees should always track directly over the feet to prevent rotary torque on the knee joint. It is great to work towards a better turn out however, listening to the physical limits of your body is more important for a long lasting dance career. Work on perfecting your plie until all of your toes remain on the ground. Pronation is much more dangerous than supination which is our next topic…
Rolling out, or supination, can also cause injury
Rolling out is a less common problem but can also be described as walking pigeon toed or walking on the outside of your feet. Walking on the outsides of your feet can lead to stress of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the outer ankle. People who are pigeon toed must undergo extensive care from a chiropractor or physical therapist. Walking on the outsides of the feet can be assisted with correct footware and persistent conscious effort.
These plus other injuries can be treated through various methods. One of those methods involves taping the area using a special technique developed by the makers of KT tape. During an injury, fluid builds up at the location of an injury which can result in compression of muscles and other tissues. KT tape lifts the skin and makes more space for this fluid to move around the body. This also relieves discomfort from compressed muscles and tissues. KT tape has methods for achilles tendinitis, ankle stability, plantar fasciitis, perineal tendinitis, ball of foot, top of foot, heel, bunion, and turf toe treatment. They also have treatment for all sorts of injury for non-foot related injuries.
KT tape can be purchased through us and we would be happy to teach you how to use it.
Videos for applying tape for all kinds of injury can be found at the following link.
Fitt, Sally S. Dance Kinesiology. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Schirmer, 2001. Print.
Paskevska, Anna. Both Sides of the Mirror: The Science and Art of Ballet. Pennington, NJ: Princeton Book, 1992. Print.
“What Is KT Tape?” KT Tape Kinesiology Tape. KT Health LLC, 2017. Web. 12 June 2017.