Weekly Words of Wisdom Dealing with pointe shoe pain part 2:
3)Dealing with bruised toenails: Lucky me because I've had plenty of experience with this one! The best way to prevent these is to do your best to find the right pointe shoes and toe pads and trim your toenails... if you have a case like mine where your second toe is as long as or longer than your big toe, I've also found that wearing gel toe caps on your big toe helps by adding some extra height. When it comes to treating these, there isn't a whole lot you can do but some things that help are icing it after class, soaking your feet in warm water or even ice water with Epsom salt, and applying things like arnica ointment, Orajel, or I've even tried aloe Vera gel. Also wear open toed shoes/ looser shoes as much as possible. If the bruised is bad enough, your toenail will fall off, but don't freak out! There is always a new toenail underneath and as far as my experience went it didn't prevent me from dancing as long as I taped it well.
4) This is probably the most important one. Do your best to try to push through the pain but know when not to as well. Obviously there is some unavoidable pain with pointe shoes which you have to deal with. In these cases you have to get out of your head about how much it hurts and divert your mind to the dance floor. It's important to push through the pain and focus on your dancing instead BUT there are times you shouldn't do this! Obviously if you hear a crack or it's the really bad kind of pain, you have to sit out!! I know it sucks to be that person sitting out wanting nothing more than to dance with you friends, but sometimes it's for the best. If you try to "tough it out" rather than missing a week of class it could become a month! So, as stressful as it seems to miss out on some dance time, it's better than making it worse...
As always, feel free to add on to my tips in the comments!
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