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5 Things You Can Buy to Make Your Feet Feel Better ASAP

Dancers' feet take a beating. Show yours a little love with these tools that can help prevent both major injuries and minor annoyances.


Gaitline Floar Lther

Created by a former Norwegian National Ballet dancer and Olympic coach, Håvard Engell, the sole of this street shoe is designed to encourage proper weight distribution, improving your gait and alignment. $199, gaitline.com.

PerfectFit Inserts Kit

Find a more precise fit inside your pointe shoes by molding this silicone material to your foot's unique shape. $42, perfectfitpointe.com.

Apolla Alpha Shocks

These socks offer targeted support by integrating the latest sports science insights on compression with the unique needs of dancers. $30–$32, apollaperformance.com.

Rollga Hand and Foot Therapy Kit

Want to roll out your feet with something a bit more gentle than a lacrosse ball? These soft options are made with EVA foam. $5, rollga.com.

Gaynor Minden Dancers' Dots

Made with hydrogel, which consists almost entirely of water, these cushions provide cooling relief and protection for any hot spots prone to blisters. $7.99–$23.99, dancer.com.

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Topical Pain Relievers Are the Next Item on Your Dancer Self-Care Supply List

With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

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July 2021