Dancer’s feet are by far the hardest working feet that a podiatrists will see, mainly because for most dancers it is an occupation and not just a leisure activity.

These blisters affected feet are pretty much due to footwear, which is a bit tricky because ballet shoes are for ballet and ballroom shoes 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. 

Shoe conditioning

Wear any new shoes 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 with a dressing. 

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

Alpaca wool is made into a nest so it is located on the wooden block which 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

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

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. These are so thin they won’t affect the room in the shoes

Skin 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. Link to 2 toms blistershield in the shop

Pellitec Blister prevention Pads

Pellitec blister prevention pads are also useful when applied to the inside of the shoes.