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    foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    Not sure if this is the correct forum or not, but the ball of my foot keeps cracking. It's in the lower edge of the pad of the ball of my foot (did that make sense?). I wear dance paws in class, but it keeps cracking and it hurts. I have a think callous there, which I thought was a good thing for dancing, but I am wondering if it's too thick. Sometimes the stitching of the dance paw slides up and cuts across it.
    Do any of you have this problem & what do you do about it?
    I wonder if wearing shoes would help. This leads me to yet another problem. I am completely flat footed and feel, sometimes, that I need a little support...anyone else? What type of shoes do you wear for practice/ class? I have Hermes sandals and they help, but are so slick on a laminate wood floor and they won't stay tied. I think the support would also help me because I've had a broken knee and spinal injury. I have danced for years and have never had problems until recently.
    Am I falling apart?
    I just read over this message and it's kind of funny..c::
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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    You're human! :0)
    My partner has cracked feet, too. Soothing is Burt's Bee's Hand Salve. Might be a fungus. Even if not, soak in warm water + white vinegar + few drops tea tree oil.
    I'm flat footed, too. Honestly the most comfortable shoes for class or long periods of rehearsal/dancing are my sneaks!


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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    The thing that works is this stuff called Callux. I swear by it, keeps feet from cracking and also works on softening hands, elbows, etc.

    PS
    I just got back from a weekend spa trip with my friends, and the mudbath, while very very strange, resulted in the smoothest feet I've had for years!


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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    FEET! How very important they are to us.
    My feet also tend to crack and for me it seems to be a combination of callus build-up and dryness. I keep it under control by slathering them at bedtime with an exfoliating lotion. One that I like is "Eucerin PLUS Intensive Repair Hand Creme." This has alpha-hydroxy and glycerin in it and it comes in a tube. (There's also a "Eucerin Plus" lotion that comes in a bottle but it isn't the same formula as the stuff in the tube.)
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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    Dance sneakers or jazz shoes will help with the support issue and provide a better cushion for the balls of your feet than the dance paws do. If pain is involved you might want to check with your doctor to make sure this is not a fungal infectio or a plantar cyst. Calluses normally don't have a pain sensation.

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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    Years and years ago I had issues with a few spots on my feet cracking. Over and over. I tried bag balm, cocao butter with vitamin E, beeswax, burts bees, a prescription lotion, and just about everything else. Finally went to a podiatrist and it turned out that I had a fungus. (Shocked me totally as my feet did not look bad, the nails were nice, no other issues than the cracks.)

    I did a course of Lamasil (the oral tablets, not the spray you buy OTC) and I have never had a problem since, and that was well over a decade ago.

    So I would try some lotions/cremes first, but if you dont get results soon, I would suggest going to the doc.

    Whenever I get a bout of dry feet now (usually just in the winter) I LOVE the SoBotanical Therapy Foot Creme (comes from a friend's shop and this stuff just rocks):

    SoBotanical

    (And jazz sneakers can be great for support.)


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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    I get that sometimes too and also inbetween a toe or two. I have found that Tea Tree oil is the best for me. I also use New Skin to close it. It burns a little but it really helps.


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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    On the subject of shoes that support... I agree with those who suggested jazz shoes - they do give good support. The one warning I would offer is that if you're doing any pivots on your feet, jazz shoes can grip the floor too much, which in turn can torque the knee and cause knee pain. I wore jazz sneakers once for a Mahmoud Reda workshop (which has lots of pivoting moves) and my knees were sore for over a week afterward.

    Another type of shoe to consider is the Scottish ghillie (and imitators). If you need more support than the ghillie itself provides, you can easily insert an orthotic without anyone knowing. Here's a link to an imitator (real ghillies are black): Discount Dance Supply



    Back when I was doing Scottish Highland dance, we used to replace the ties in our practice ghillies with narrow braid elastic (I think maybe 1/4 inch wide). We'd just lace 'em up with the elastic, leave enough extra elastic to wrap around our ankles or arches once or twice, and then sew the ends of the elastic together. (We had a second pair for competitions and performances, and we left the laces in those because in Scottish dance it's a Bad Thing to be "out of uniform".)

    Today, I have a pair of tan shoes like the ones in the link above, and I replaced their laces with gold cord elastic.


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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    If you go the ghillies route, I find that an Irish style (which tends to be a bit sturdier/more snug than those I've seen used for Scottish dance) is amazing. Several of the style Pacelli makes have a padded insole as well (I LOVE my Gazelles and I hear the Eclipse shoes are even better).

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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    I have found a good temporary fix (i.e. if you are performing and need quick relief) for small cracks in the feet is super glue. I get these a lot too and I am always glueing up my feet :)


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    Re: foot problem- cracked ball (long)

    I never really thought of fungus since it is only craced in one spot. My nails are fine and my feet are not scaley, but after I try some of your remedies I may resort to the MD if I get no results.
    I might try what Shira suggested about replacing the laces in the shoes with elastics and see if that would work with the hermes sandals. At least that would take some of the pressure off my ball until I can get some other shoes that would actually povide support.
    Thanks for all your advice. Not that I want anyone else to have problems, but it makes me feel better to know that I am not the only one..g.:


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