Posted by Rhiannon Pelletier under Advice
The Care and Keeping of Your Feet
In case you haven’t noticed …  competition season is here! You’ll want your mind and your body ready to go and ready to endure long hours of hard work. Blisters, bunions, and ingrown toenails are the enemy and it’s vital to have a strong defence against these formidable warriors. Here are seven tips to keep your toes in tip-top shape.
  1. Ice baths - These are the bane of my existence. I hate them. I hate being able to feel the cold of your feet in the pit of your stomach, but your feet will thank you for it later. The cold reduces swelling, aids healing injuries, and leaves your feet feeling brand new.
  2. Soak them in a hot foot bath or tub using Epsom Salts - The hot water is great after doing an ice bath. This will flush fresh blood to your feet and aid healing. It’s also the best thing to do before attending to an ingrown toenail.
  3. Massage - Massage them yourself or have a friend/family member do it. It always feels better when you use a body butter, foot cream, or moisturizer. Release those knots in your muscles! 
  4. Clip your toe nails to a good length - If they're too short it's easier for the tops of your toes to get bruised but if they're too long they may get pushed upwards resulting in the loss of a toe nail. (Which is NOT fun)
  5. I've heard rumors that some nail polishes can strengthen your toe nails - If you have brittle toenails, applying some nail polish can help strengthen them and keep them from cracking.
  6. Stretch - Flex your toes backwards and roll your ankles. Keeping them loose and warm can always help ease pain.
  7. Ibuprofen - Advil is a miracle drug. If you’re feeling sore or experience little pangs of pain and you’re not sure where they’re originating from… Advil is step one! It’s an anti-inflammatory and can relieve pain at the drop of a hat. But of course, if the pain is serious and continues to bother you, be sure to see a doctor.
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  • Oh my gosh thank you so much! These are possibly the best dancers feet tips and I will TOTALLY use them.
  • Oh my gosh thank you so much! These are possibly the best dancers feet tips and I will TOTALLY use them.
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