Ballet is often hard on the feet. So much load is put on the feet through the actions of ballet and the demands on the foot are quite significant. At the pro stage these demands is often as much as 8 or so hours per day and all this is performed in light-weight unsupportive shoes. The scienitific data is that ballet performers have more foot issues than the non-dancing population. Almost all ballet dancers should have their foot care routines which they do in order to strengthen the foot muscles and take good care of their feet and toe nails. It's going to take a long time to be successful in ballet and the very last thing that they want to occur is for anything to go wrong because of a foot issue.
In an episode of the podiatry related chat show, PodChatLive, they had a comprehensive chat about the foot troubles in dancing and the demands put on the foot. The 2 guests that the hosts questioned were Catherine Crabb and Sarah Carter that are both lecturers in Podiatric Medicine in the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. Prior to their podiatry work Sarah and Catherine were dancers at a very high stage so this combined experiences and expertise in both podiatry and dancing meant that they are both well placed to speak about this issue. The episode talked about if the prevalent concern of hypermobility is essential to become a dancer and their reply could have surprised a lot of listeners. They outlined the most widespread injuries affecting dancers and since 85% of dancing injuries are typically in the lower leg, it certainly demonstrates the relevance of podiatry. Furthermore they compared the dissimilarities between female and male ballet dancers and the various injuries seen. Furthermore they discussed the value of the ballet slipper and the mad things ballerinas do to them, and the significance about a suitable ‘pointe assessment’ along with what it will include.