There is actually no perfect or ideal foot structure for ballet, but some types of feet are better suited for dancing on pointe than others.

Certain types of feet are less prone to injuries, while others are much more prone. Take your pointe training slowly and also make sure the feet are strong enough before going into pointe shoes. This is half the battle won.

Types Of Feet Less Prone To Injury

  • Having a high instep, but there is a fine line between being too arched.
  • Having toes of equal length provide a more square platform to stand on.
  • Having flexible ankles allows the dancer to form a direct line between the knee and the toes ‘en pointe.’

Types Of Feet More Prone To Injury

  • Stiff or inflexible ankles.
  • Weak ankles.
  • Having a low or no instep.
  • Having a long big toe in comparison to all the other toes.

Because ballet is so competitive, many dancers tend to dance on their injuries. This can cause permanent damage, so if you do have a foot injury, rather let it heal. Remember those feet have to last you a lifetime, so look after them now and they will serve you well into the future.

Make sure to see a doctor or a podiatrist if you have a foot injury. Look for someone who specializes in working with dancers. They can create a treatment plan so you can stay healthy and strong throughout your dance career.