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Ballet Dancing Feet – Types and Shapes of Feet

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As dancers it is a good idea to know about the neuropathy of feet and the different types and shapes of feet. Unfortunately very few of us have perfect ballet dancing feet, but we can strengthen and work towards the ideal.

The foot is very intricate indeed and your two feet have one forth of all the bones in your entire body.  The human foot alone has 20 muscles, 3 arches, 26 bones, 24 ligaments, 33 joints and around 7 800 nerves.  The force of the body weight taken on by feet is about 1½ times during walking and up to 3-4 times during running. Add in 10,000 steps during a typical day while wearing ill-fitted shoes possibly, and it’s a wonder that those poor feet are still working so hard for you.

If you have any sort of foot pain, you would do well to learn a bit more about the workings of your foot and the different types and shapes of feet.

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Types and Shapes of Ballet Dancing Feet

1.  Giselle or Peasant Foot Type

This foot type has three short, stubby toes that are almost the same length.  This type of foot is ideal for dancers and especially ballet dancers, as it is usually strong and perfect for balance en pointe.

2.   Flat Foot Type

This type of foot is strong and functions normally in most cases, but it is not a pretty foot for dancing purposes.  The arches tend to drop inwards and calluses often develop on the side of the big toe.  Also the fallen arches usually create problems for a dancer as the whole alignment of the body is affected.  People with these types of feet usually suffer with knee, hip and back pain, as well as metatarsal stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

3.  Greek or Morton’s Foot

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Greek Foot

The Greek foot has a gap between the big toe and the second toe, making it an easy foot type to identify. The second toe is also normally longer than all the other toes.  Unfortunately this foot is quite unstable, and people with this foot type suffer with quite a few foot ailments.  Some of them include calluses, bunions, plantar fascitis, Morton’s neuroma and stress fractures.

4.  Egyptian Foot

Egyptian feet are narrow with a longer big toe.  The rest of the toes taper down from longest to shortest. This type of foot gives the least problems and is the ideal foot type to own.

5.  Simian Foot

In this type of foot, the big toe leans towards the little toe.  With this type of foot is is easier to get bunions, so try to avoid wearing pointed and narrow shoes.  Ladies with Simian foot, will find high heels quite painful.

6.  Rothbarts Foot

The Rothbarts foot is a genetic and abnormal type of foot.  You know you have it if you put your foot on the ground in a neutral position, and your big toe and second toe cannot lie flat.  This type of foot leads to bad posture.

Everyone should know what type and shape of foot they are, just as they know what blood type they are.  Then you will be more aware of what types of problems can occur and why.  For instance, if your knees hurt, it may stem from the way you are holding your feet, and nothing actually being wrong with your knees.

Trusting that this article on types and shapes of ballet dancing feet has helped somebody.  Please feel free to comment below.


4 thoughts on “Ballet Dancing Feet – Types and Shapes of Feet”

  1. As a child, I wanted to be a ballet dancer, but soon recognized my feet did not suit ballet dancing. Now I know why. I have Egyptian feet. I’ve frequently been told I have pretty feet. Although I’ve never danced ballet, at age 72 my feet are still pretty and I’ve never had foot problems.


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