PODIATRISTS COMMENT ON BALLET SHOES
posted: Jun 03, 2017.
“Pound for pound, dancers are just as strong as football players, if not stronger,” says Dr. Lisa M. Schoene, a Chicago podiatrist and athletic trainer who treats dancers and Olympians. “Getting up on pointe is one of the most athletic things you can do. They’re exerting 10 to 12 times their body weight, going up and down on that pointe shoe.”
In such a competitive profession, rest doesn’t come easily. Ballet dancers have a very high pain threshold, says Washington podiatrist Dr. Stephen Pribut. It may be a combination of pain resistance and paranoia that gives them the ability — unwise as it may be — to dance through injury. How a ballerina treats her feet off-duty is important, Pribut says. And it’s true for any of us. Our footwear is an essential tool no matter what we do. Some shoes, worn too often, can cause more strain than pointe shoes, the doctor adds.
Source: Sarah L. Kaufman, The Washington Post [5/26/17]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PMP News.
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