Your first pair of pointe shoes can be an exciting right of passage. Whether you are new to the pointe game or a true veteran trina, we’re all at risk for one thing: those dreaded blisters. Here are some answers to your FAQs that will keep your feet healthy, happy and dancing.
What are blisters exactly?
Blisters result from friction or rubbing in your pointe shoe. They develop most frequently with a new pair of shoes that are not yet broken in. They can be filled with air, fluid or blood and are typically very painful.
Should I pop my blister?
You should not pop a blister as the bubble that forms prevents infection and promotes healing. If your blisters become infected, reach a very large size or seem out of the ordinary, it is important to seek medical attention from your primary health care provider.
CAN I DANCE ON A BLISTER?
Yes, you can dance on most blisters. While it may be very painful to execute the movement, your dance teacher most likely will encourage you to keep dancing and “suck it up” in pure dance teacher fashion. If you do dance with blisters, it is important to practice good hygiene and clean your wounds after to prevent infection.
How long does it take for a blister to heal?
Most blisters heal naturally in 3-7 days. If you pop a blister, this could actually slow down the healing process. If your blister does pop, be sure to avoid peeling off the dead skin. This will keep your blister clean and free from infection.
How can I prevent blisters?
There are a lot of small steps you can take to keep blisters at bay. Try these tips to keep your feet healthy:
- Wear tights rather than putting your foot straight in the shoe.
- Break your shoes in before taking a full class on pointe.
- Change out your shoes regularly and keep a few rotating pairs.
- Use moleskin or cloth band aids to cover soft spots or areas prone to blisters.
- Purchase toe pads or ouch pouches to avoid impact.
- Wash your feet and keep blister prone areas clean after pointe work.