Blisters from Dance Shoes & Dancing

Dancer’s feet are by far the hardest working feet that podiatrists see, mainly because for most dancers it is an occupation not just a leisure activity. These blister affected feet are pretty much due to footwear, which is a bit tricky because ballet shoes are for ballet and ballroom are for ballroom dancing etc…. So a recommending a change of footwear is not really a possibility but there are some helpful recommendations to help prevent blisters forming in the first place and to treat them when they do. 


Wear the new shoe in and don’t expect them to do a full training session straight away and when you have a hotspot change into your old shoes and protect the hotspot straight away.

Shoe fit can be adjusted to the foot, enpointe ballet shoes can be modified to an individual’s requirement, ballroom shoes can be half a size bigger then there is enough room to put a gel cover over the toes or under the balls of the feet.

 Alpaca wool made into a nest so it is located on the wooden block and protects the toes when the dancer goes enpointe, this cushions the toes, wicks the moisture away from the skin and decreases the level of friction.

2toms blistershield powder which will decrease the areas of friction, apply just on the skin areas affected by blisters as a prevention measure

Engo heel patches can be applied to  ballroom/ tap shoes at the back of the heel and under the balls of the feet to reduce the friction on those areas

Taping with either Hypafix or KT pro tape and applying to the toes and previous hot spot areas before a training or a performance will prevent blisters from forming. 2Toms blistershield can be used on the taping after it has been applied to the skin which will further reduce the friction levels on the skin.