Ballet Pointe Shoes - Bent Big Toes

by Mackenzie
(PA)

Ballet Pointe Shoes - Bent Big Toes






Hello, i just got a pair of pointe shoes for the first time. I was wondering though if by having bent big toes would it be a benifit to dancing in pointe shoes? I was born with my big toes slightly bent on bolth feet and it would be something that i would have to get surgery to fix, and i dont think i would want to do that. So is having bent big toes a benefit?

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Reply by Odette
To:- Ballet Pointe Shoes - Bent Big Toes

Hello,

Thank you for contacting me, it’s great to hear from you. I can’t say I’ve seen or heard of bent big toes before for ballet dancers. I have a longer big toe than the rest, which for me, is not such a benefit because it puts a lot of pressure on it compared to the rest. It also makes me more vulnerable to bunions, but so far I’ve managed well despite my foot shape. Honestly, I can’t see it being a huge benefit as it might be painful as you start to do more pointe work. If the toe is bent, I imagine it would not lie flat in your pointe shoe and therefore get blisters more easily with the friction against the material in the shoe. You never know, you may be able to manage it just fine and surgery will not be an issue. Why not see how it treats you and keep in touch. If you had a picture, it would be clearer for me to see your foot shape and how it may affect you. Wishing you all the best for the start of pointe!

Best wishes,
Odette

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