As podiatrists we are highly trained in the lower limb anatomy and function. We work closely with students and their dance teachers to achieve the best outcomes. We offer 1 on 1 sessions in clinic to work through correct technique and strengthening. Our assessment determines what level of strengthening and technique work is required.
What is involved in the pre-pointe assessment:
- Comprehensive functional and physical assessment
- Foot control through a range of exercises and ballet steps
- Assessment of turnout range and ability to maintain whilst dancing
- Assessment of core and leg strength
- Posture while dancing and when in stationary positions
- Ability releves onto one leg with strong control
- Ability to perform a minimum of 20 single leg rises
Q. What age should a dancer start dancing en pointe?
A. We usually like the dancer to be around 12 years of age, however this may vary with individual strengthen and technique.
Q. When should we bring our child for assessment?
A. We like to see dancers in the 6-12 months before they are to commence pointe work.
Q. How long with the first appointment be?
A. The first appointment take 1hr, which included the full assessment.
Q. What to bring to the appointment?
A. Please wear a leotard with convertible tights, bring your ballet shoes, school shoes, runners and day to day shoes.
We also treat common dance injuries, such as:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Foot fractures
- Ingrown toe nails
- Blisters, callous or corns