A lot. What most dancers don’t realize is that dancing is a sport just like all other demanding sports where the body and in this particular case, the foot is put into motion constantly. It’s this constant, repetitive movement that causes foot problems. It is well known that runners have the most problems with their feet. Dancers come in a close second. And no two dancers can even have the same discomfort. That is why it is so important to chose your shoes wisely.
As a dancer you will quickly learn the names and brands of the famous dance shoes worn by dancers for centuries. Besides brands, style and cost, it is very important that the fit become your key factor in selecting your shoes. Ultimately injury protection is your goal.
Be aware that most dance shoes don’t have enough padding. The older we become the more we lose the fat in the heel and the ball of the foot. Start learning to recognize the difference in construction of each type of shoe you try on. By
selecting shoes with more padding you will be aiding in your comfort and protection. Excellent dance shoes even provide toe formations for maximum comfort.
Don’t forget about socks. The sock is the outer, protected layer between your feet and shoe. Poly-blend socks are better than 100% cotton socks because they keep the moisture away from the foot and out through the shoe. You can be elegant, move with ease and have your feet be your constant, happy companion, all with a little preventative care.