Dancers often need a foot stretcher to stretch and strengthen the upper arch of the foot for correct positioning of the feet in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, General Ballet and Pointe Ballet. A common upper arch exercise is performed by having a fellow dancer or dance instructor hold down the foot, pressed to the floor, while the dancer lowers the back of the leg toward the floor, stretching the upper arch of the foot. This is difficult for a single dancer to do without some assistance. It may also be painful as the heel is pressed against the hard dance floor.
Serious dancers will spend thousands of dollars each year on pointe ballet shoes, pointe ballet lessons, a ballet barre and other equipment to help improve their ballet technique. For just a few dollars, you can have the SuperiorArch®, the best Foot Stretcher for Ballet available anywhere!
The foot and the upper arch are often overlooked when it comes to warm-up, stretching and exercise routines. The competitive arch comes from correct stretching and strengthening exercises which are critical components to successful training. The foot is a highly complex and delicate structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Before starting any serious stretching or exercise routine, including using the SuperiorArch®, consult your coach, instructor or other qualified professional.
This is not an endorsement of the Superior Arch, but her comments do speak to the need to protect the rear structure of the heal. We completely agree! This is exactly why we designed our Superior Arch with an incline built into the base and covered the entire base with two inch memory foam! Superior Arch is the only product designed with this in mind. We also agree with Ms. Hamilton that proper supervision should always be used during any stretching and exercising routine.
By Linda Hamilton
Will a foot stretcher improve my arch? I’ve been strapping this medieval-looking lever to the back of my leg and pushing my ankle and foot down over a curved wooden arch.” (we believe Liz in referring to a long carved wood product made in Europe) “My friend took one look at it and freaked out. I don’t care what it looks like. My only concern is, does it work?”
“Most dancers would do almost anything to improve the shape and height of their arch, all in quest of a perfect pointe. Wedging your feet under a piano leg or asking your best friend to sit on them is old hat. Still, hope springs eternal for an effective solution.” …
… “Also, it’s not uncommon for dancers to have an extra bone in the back of the ankle, or talus, called an os trigonum. Forcing your foot down in this case can cause the area to hurt. If the extra bone is still attached to the talus, it might even fracture. What’s a determined dancer to do? The safest way to improve your pointe is to perform physical therapy exercises with supervision.”