When caring for your feet or trying to make them look good, it's tempting to seek shortcuts. Bad ideas—like dangerous stretches that promise perfect lines, or ointments that were never meant to go on your toes—catch on all too easily backstage. We asked podiatrists who've seen their dance clients try it all share the habits they'd like to see gone for good.
|Dr. Thomas Novella
Numbing agents like lidocaine or benzocaine—the active ingredient in Orajel—should never be applied to corns or blisters. These products can lead to serious skin infections. Dr. Thomas Novella, a podiatrist in New York City, says he has sent dancers to the hospital to be treated for blood infections from infected corns masked by lidocaine. If corns become painful, see a podiatrist.
Source: Dance Magazine [2/23/18]
Courtesy of Barry block, editor of PM News.
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