Are Ballet Foot Stretchers Safe?
Foot stretchers for ballet dancers promise to improve flexibility by holding the top of the foot in an extreme pointe (downward flexed position).
Be careful with any device that is used to stretch the feet. Too much pressure could overstretch and weaken the foot. If the dancer has suffered a foot or ankle injury, a foot stretcher can cause additional damage.
Gentle stretching of the ligaments over time is preferred. Increasing the motion should be accompanied by strengthening and proprioception exercises to allow the dancer to use the new range of motion and reduce the risk of future injury.
To monitor the safety and health of your dancer’s foot, please consult Dr. Steven Miller. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (847) 675-3400 or by clicking http://www.skokiepodiatry.com/appointment.html