Why should you have a Podiatrist assessment before beginning Ballet Pointe work?
Pre-Pointe assessments are important for all ballet dancers prior to commencing Pointe work.
This is to ensure that they have adequate strength, control and technique to dance en Pointe – without increasing the risk of injury!
Pointe shoes place a substantial amount of stress on the ankle and foot…
…we can assess the structure and technical performance of the young dancer’s feet to make sure they’re completely ready to begin Pointe work.
To book your assessment please call (03) 9939 3339 or click here to book online.
What does a Podiatrist’s Ballet Pre-Pointe Assessment include?
It is important that your Podiatrist covers all of the following criteria when conducting an assessment:
- Dance History – years of dancing, styles, exams, previous injuries etc.
- Foot Structure
- Joint and Muscle – strength and flexibility
- Lower Leg Alignment
- Functional Gait and Technical Assessment
Our Podiatrists have a deep understanding of the specific movements and positions necessary from years of dance experience.
This also allows our Podiatrists to be able to treat other dance related foot and lower limb injuries including:
- ingrown toenails;
- warts; and
- other foot or ankle injuries.
If after your assessment, our Podiatrists believe it is required, they will refer you to a dedicated dance Physiotherapist or Pilates instructor.