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10 Quick Foot Care Tricks For Dancing Feet

‘Tis the season for parties, food, and dancing all night! Often these are long anticipated annual events and they’re a lot of fun. For the most part, we have the option of sitting or standing at parties. What can we say about food other than, “all things in moderation”. As for the dancing, there’s a lot more to it than just looking cool on the dance floor. We want to feel great as we dance the night away, and that’s where we can help you. We have 10 quick tips that will help keep your feet feeling and looking great on the dance floor.

  1. Choose your shoes wisely. Not all gorgeous looking shoes are dancing shoes. Selecting comfortable dancing shoes is the number one thing you can do to protect your feet and body.
  2. Get as much rest as possible before your big dance date.
  3. Pamper and moisturize your feet days in advance. Dry cracked feet are more susceptible to bleeding and disease.
  4. Wait until the last minute to slip on your dancing shoes by wearing comfy shoes when you leave the house. Slip your dancing shoes in a small bag and take that shoe bag with you in the car. Slide your dancing shoes on just before you make your entrance. Then slip your comfy shoes in your shoe bag and store that bag with your coat for easy access later. You’ll be glad to see those comfy shoes when your feet begin to tire.
  5. A great alternative is to purchase inserts and slip them into your dancing shoes. You can choose between the traditional inserts or the newer gel inserts. Make sure you test these out before your dance event to ensure you have the correct insert to meet your needs. The link below provides tips on selecting the best gel inserts for your feet.
  6. If you have an opportunity, elevate your feet when you take a break from dancing. Elevating your feet reduces swelling.
  7.  If you decide to slip your dancing shoes off remember, it may be difficult to put them back on. Many people enjoy dancing barefoot, however, keep in mind, the dance floor will be filled with high heeled dancers and heavy shoes. Be careful.
  8. After all the dancing is done, feet love a good foot bath. Soaking them in Epson salt, bubble bath or a special foot product as soon as possible is a great way to give your feet TLC.
  9. Check your feet to ensure there are no blisters, sores or cuts. If you have any of these, treat them with over the counter medications. If they don’t heal, see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
  10. Refrain from wearing the same dancing shoes for a couple of days. Wearing different shoes each day exercises different muscles in your feet, which is good for your feet. If you have multiple dance events to attend, avoid wearing the same shoes in a 24-hour span.

Now, you’re ready to dance the night away! The links below will provide additional information to help keep your feet dance ready. Have fun!

https://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/shoes-accessories/best-shoe-insoles

https://www.bustle.com/articles/17355-8-ways-to-make-high-heel-shoes-comfortable

https://www.everydayhealth.com/foot-health/cracked-heels.aspx

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