There are not many activities that are more liberating than dancing. Having the confidence (and the skills!) to move elegantly and freely to music feels incredible – but as much as it will keep you fit and keep those endorphins flowing, it may also place a lot of strain on your muscles and joints, particularly in your feet.
Here, we discuss the many benefits of our insoles for dancers and explain how these innovative products have been designed to deliver support, comfort and pain relief to active men and women around the world.
According to Johns Hopkins University, dancing causes less injuries than many other sports – but that’s not to say that dancers are immune to aches, pains, sprains and fractures! Foot and ankle problems are still common amongst professional and amateur dancers (especially those who do not take active steps to look after their bodies before, during and after exercise).
Over time, twisting, turning, jumping and moving the body into unnatural positions will take its toll on the joints and ligaments in the lower limbs, not to mention cause a great deal of damage to the knees, hips and back. Dancers are particularly susceptible to Achilles tendonitis (heel pain), snapping hip syndrome, and patellofemoral pain syndrome (pain behind the kneecap), as well as arthritis in various joints throughout the body.
However, you can go some way to preventing these conditions and injuries by wearing insoles that fit seamlessly into your dancing shoes.
Our insoles for dancing shoes are:
The unique arch pieces and metatarsal pads work to deliver enhanced cushioning to the underside of each foot, while the PORON® lining consistently absorbs excess shock and prevents high impact from causing further damage to the ankles, knees, hips and lower back.
Each pair of our dancing insoles comes complete with a full set of interchangeable pieces, so wearers can decide which of the Light, Medium and Firm pads feel the most comfortable. They can be worn in any combination for fully tailored support.
When the feet and ankles are out of alignment, these areas are more prone to injury. OrthoSole insoles for dancers are designed to correct overpronation, limit supination and improve weight distribution to create better balance.
By providing extra cushioning and taking the strain off common pressure points in the feet, our orthotic insoles reduce the aches and pains that dancers typically endure during training and throughout performances.
Our products are thick enough to be effective, yet lightweight enough to be discreet. The shape and fabric of our inserts also helps to keep your feet cool, dry and free from odour.
You need insoles that will perform well without impacting your freedom of movement. You also want products that won’t feel bulky and uncomfortable in your shoes! For all these reasons, we often recommend our Thin Style insoles for dancers.
If you regularly dance in high heeled shoes, you might also want to try our high heel pads, which sit underneath the second and third metatarsal and can be worn with or without additional pieces. OrthoSole high heel pads are available in a range of sizes.