We treat all kinds of dancers – ballroom, ballet, jazz.
We often prescribe custom orthotic devices to use in dance shoes. We have tried over-the-counter orthotics for dance shoes, and still use them occasionally, but usually find that the over the counter devices do not fit well in dance shoes. Custom othotics on the other hand, can be made to fit an increased number and style of shoe.
Ballet and Dance Orthotics
What exactly are 'Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics'?
Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics are devices designed to restore your natural foot function. Many 'biomechanical' (walking) complaints such as heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics re-align the foot and ankle bones to their neutral position, thereby restoring natural foot function. In turn this helps alleviate problems in other parts of the body.
In addition, Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics give a more even weight distribution, taking pressure off sore spots (e.g. the ball of the foot, corns in between toes, bunions etc) and they provide some shock absorption.
Who needs Orthotics?
Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics benefit dancers with foot/ leg pain or discomfort due to a biomechanical imbalances (alignment problems). Imbalances such as flat feet, heel pain, knee pain and shin pain are known to cause pain and discomfort.
Which specific conditions may be helped?
Below is a list of all the conditions that Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics can help:
Achilles Tendonitis, Corns, Metatarsalgia, Sesamoiditis, Ankle Sprains, Flat Feet, Neuroma, Tendonitis, Arch Pain, Heel Pain, Pronation, Top of the foot pain, Bunions, Knee Pain, Shin Pain, Toe Pain.
Imbalance in your feet can alter the bony structure of your feet and lower legs. Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics have been proven to eliminate posture problems and foot and leg pain.
Why do I need Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics ?
Imbalances in the bones of the feet can result in abnormal foot motion (over pronation). This can impair foot function which can result in abnormal rotation of the legs and sometimes affect the knees, hips or back. If we combine these tremendous forces with the need for precise balance, we can see how small structural changes in the foot can make significant differences. Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics help to improve those structural changes.
If I use Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics will I become dependent on them?
No. Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics simply allow the muscles, tendons and bones of the feet and lower legs to function at their highest potential.
How long will my Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics Last?
Usually between 3 to 4 years for adults, whilst children will outgrow their orthotics before they wear out.
Does it take time to get used to Ballet and Dance Insoles/ Orthotics ?
Your feet need time to adjust to the correct biomechanical position. Orthotics should be gradually used to begin with. We recommend that you wear your orthotics for 1 hour the first day, 2 hours on the second day, 3 hours on the third day, gradually increasing the wearing time each day until you start to feel comfortable wearing the orthotics full time. This usually takes approximately 2 weeks.
Customised Orthotics .
- Designed to be worn by all levels of Dancers. Helps control pronation to improve balance and reduce strain.
-Proven to reduce stress fractures and knee strain in all levels of dance.
-A must when in recovery or dancing through stress related foot injuries.
These insoles/Orthotics also strengthen the instep of the foot allowing the dancer to achieve maximum foot strength potential.