7 most common mistakes when choosing a ballet pointe

How can you tell, that the ballet pointe you have isn`t the right one?

Here are some examples by which you can notice, that the ones you are trying on aren`t the right ones

1. Twisting shanks

When you are standing en pointe and the insole is twisted, going to one side and is not straight along the foot line, it could mean, that the pointe box is too narrow and the foot doesn't fit well. Then try a wider box - either in the same shoe size or size for example smaller, but with the box wider.

2. Heel slipping off

This problem may indicate that the pointes are large or, strangely, small (you will know this especially when doing demi-plié, the heel falls down). Falling of the heel can also be removed with a model that has a raised heel, or if another type of toe does not suit (we are satisfied with the box, size, insole ...), auxiliary rubber bands are sewn on to prevent slipping.

3. Rhombus pointe

When standing in the first position with your whole foot, the pointe looks good. But when standing en pointe, it shapes like a rhombus. In this case, this means that the pointes are either narrow or the box at the bottom is too narrow. Sometimes the pointe model with a higher profile will solve this problem if the instep is high or the foot is wider and firmer. The low profile is great for keeping a narrow foot in the box so that it doesn't slip down into the box.
If we have a foot with a high instep and we get a pointe with a low profile, the instep protrudes unnaturally over the hem and thus creates a bubble on the pointe.

4. Can`t stand en point on the platform

This problem occurs mainly with beginners who do not yet have an elaborate and firm foot, they are learning the technique of correct en point position. The high nose and the type of the pointe, which has the quality of helping to get to en point, make the whole problem worse. The solution is a lower nose or a softer insole, but with sufficient support of the entire foot.

5. The foot shakes when standing en pointe or the foot stands slightly on one side 

This problem can also be dangerous and can lead to stressful situations, fractures. This usually means that you need a ballet pointe with stronger wings for better support. In some cases, you do not go over the platform surface, it is advisable to find a balance between a box with sufficient support (firmer wings, firmer box) and a softer insole.

6. Toes in pain

This could mean that the box is too narrow and the fingers are pressed into it, maybe even crossing over each other, which causes excessive friction of the joints. Or conversely, the box is too wide, the profile is too high and you fall completely down and feel pressure on your fingers, nails. The solution to this problem is a wider box, or looking for another type of box.

7. Hallux

If you have feet with hallux, a narrow box can make this problem even worse. The solution is to use finger separators that balance the big toe and at the same time choose a wider, eg square box on the ballet pointe.

Finding the right shape and size of the ballet pointe is important not only for comfort but it is also an assumption that you will do the technique of dancing on your toes correctly. Sizes too small are just as wrong as too big - both will keep you from performing well.
To get around the babel of different kinds of ballet pointes, from different producers, can be quite difficul

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