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    Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Last night a friend told me her feet were still recovering from a previous night's dancing.

    While surfing for specialist shoe polish, I came across these nifty items, which might be useful.

    Strips of cushioned suede


    Which can be used to line the inside of straps to stop them digging in..

    They are available here:-

    http://www.onecedarlane.com/item.asp...ryid=1&offset=

    What other tips do you have to eliminate,minimise, or ease foot pain ?

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Sore heels - stretch your calf muscles before putting your feet up - and before dancing again.

    I don't know if this applies to actually inflamed heel spurs (which I think is known as plantar something-or-other, can't be bothered to go look it up - I know poor Minnie suffers so almost certainly has other good tips).

    Being on your feet a lot can make the skin on the soles very thick too - and calluses dig in and hurt. A good soaking and scraping with a pumice stone works wonders (sorry if that's too much information) - and scrubbing at your soles is good for the circulation too, so will help with other footsore conditions. NB I believe diabetics and people with other medical conditions are supposed to consult a GP before self-administering foot therapy along these lines.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    I wear my dance shoes a lot with bare feet, to avoid heel rubbing if I am dancing a lot (eg a long night or weekenders) I use Compeed blister plasters. They are almost invisible, really work, and will last a couple of days (they don't come off in the shower but they probably would in the bath).

    Another weekender tip is using Ibuprofen gel on the balls of my feet if they are getting sore, though not so much a problem with most of my dance shoes as they tend to be slightly padded.

    Another good tip is simply to change shoes partway through the night.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn
    Another good tip is simply to change shoes partway through the night.


    There's lots of things in the "Party Feet" line from Scholl which can mitigate foot pain, including gel strips for heel straps and the like.

    Probably the most important thing is to make sure the shoes fit your feet and give them the necessary support where they need it.
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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Just buy your shoes from Heavenly Dance Shoes! I have some which have 3 inch heels and they are so comfy. If they are a little loose or tight then they alter them there and then.


    I do get blisters sometimes from my trainers and this is when "party feet" are worn.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Wear fur-lined boots

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by LMC
    ...I don't know if this applies to actually inflamed heel spurs (which I think is known as plantar something-or-other, can't be bothered to go look it up - I know poor Minnie suffers so almost certainly has other good tips)...
    I suffered from that, but am not sure how to spell it. I was told not to dance for six weeks, and that Ibuprofen and Paracetamol would help combat the pain and the inflamation.

    I used to limp to the class, dance with no discomfort at all (endorfins & weight taken by muscles) then limp home. Next morning I would hardly be able to stand. I never missed a night, and eventually the inflamation cleared up. I probably would have suffered less if I had followed the doctors advice.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Poron insoles have improved the (dance induced) problems with the ball of my left foot immensely.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Wear the correct style and size of shoe!!!! Easy

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by ducasi
    Probably the most important thing is to make sure the shoes fit your feet and give them the necessary support where they need it.
    I was doing my shoes up too tight which led to my archilles getting inflamed and very painful. I now wear them looser but it took a bit of getting used to.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by under par
    Wear the correct style and size of shoe!!!! Easy
    Even shoes that are a great fit might still rub on bare feet. It only needs a little bit of imperfection on the inside of the shoe or a seam to cause pain it its rubbing for hours of dancing. I used to have problems with otherwise really comfortable shoes rubbing my heels if I was dancing for a long time, but all it takes to prevent it is Compeed plasters (or wearing tights but I hate wearing tights ).

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn
    (or wearing tights but I hate wearing tights ).
    So do I!

    Tights are just not me!

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    If that's because you have problems finding tights long enough UP, I think you'll find Ann Summers do extra long tights (and stockings for that matter). Hope that helps

    I love my jazz shoes for dancing, I used to think that they looked silly with a skirt - but what's good enough for Plum is good enough for me (just wish I could aspire to dance even one tenth as well as Plum does). The soles are quite thin though so my feet hurt at the end of a long night.

    I WILL get some "proper shoes" - and it'll be suede soles for me - can't cope with too slippy OR too grippy.

    Avoiding non-sprung floors also helps.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Compeed is excellent - I have 3 different sizes of plaster in my dance bag and seem to hand them out to limping ladies quite often! I also carry a bottle of tea-tree gel which, though a bit smelly, is wonderful for refreshing aching feet.

    Julie wears jazz shoes quite a lot and the soles of her feet get sore. She uses an old tennis ball to massage her feet. Rolling it under your foot and pressing down on it so that it spreads your toes out is a good way of uncramping muscles. Combining that with the tea-tree gel seems to work a treat.

    My biggest problem is the seam that runs across the toes of socks. I asked my Mum to buy me seamless socks for Christmas but even she failed! Any suggestions as to where I could get some?

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by JonD
    Julie wears jazz shoes quite a lot and the soles of her feet get sore.
    I've found that with Jazz shoes as well. I actually find that my strappy sandals are the best in that respect as the soles are slightly padded.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Do handstands and dance upside down all night. Your feet won't hurt at all then

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by JonD

    My biggest problem is the seam that runs across the toes of socks. I asked my Mum to buy me seamless socks for Christmas but even she failed! Any suggestions as to where I could get some?
    This is not so daft as it sounds - try wearing your socks inside out.

    The seam is more comfortable that way- obviously it would look naff with some styles, but lots of non patterned styles look fine worn either way.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by LMC

    ..... but what's good enough for Plum is good enough for me (just wish I could aspire to dance even one tenth as well as Plum does).
    Oh yes, she's awesome. First admired from afar at The Woodlawns Country Club, now sadly lost for ever. I've never before been in contact with such athleticism and presence in a woman. A couple of dances, one, unaccountably, initiated by her, really put me in my place in the scheme of things.
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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by johnthehappyguy
    This is not so daft as it sounds - try wearing your socks inside out.
    Also avoid socks with raised patterns - it took me weeks to work out it was my new socks that were giving me jip and not the amount of dancing I was doing. I'd guess the same is true of raised patterned tights/stockings, but I won't even try those after suffering with the socks.

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    Re: Tips Please for avoiding foot pain

    Quote Originally Posted by Piglet
    I'd guess the same is true of raised patterned tights/stockings, but I won't even try those after suffering with the socks.
    I wear fishnets and patterned tights all the time I don't have a problem with them. I tend to do a lot of foot loving though as well.

    Tea Tree foot soak is wonderful and after that I use Lavender foot lotion its heaven

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