Every dancer (Child or adult) should be attended to by a podiatrist to ensure longevity of their hobby or career.

En Pointe is the motion of supporting all of the body weight on the tips of the toes, with the feet fully ‘plantar flexed’ (extended), within pointe shoes.

Ballet Injuries

15- 20% of ballet and dance injuries include the foot . Chronic injuries are a mainstay due to the repetitive impact of loading of the dancer's foot on the hard floor.

Unlike a runner who wears a shock absorptive shoe, dancers wear thin slippers or pointe shoes. Therefore the majority of forces must be absorbed by the lower legs and feet- leading to injuries of the foot.

Our podiatrists are here to prevent serious dance injuries and provide relief from dancer's ailments.


Treatment focuses on pain management, injury rehabilitation, strengthening and maintaining correct technique.


common conditions

  • Bunions
  • Sesamoiditis/ sesamoid fractures
  • Osteoarthritis'
  • Callus (Hard skin)
  • Corns
  • Fractures
  • Epiphysitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Calf pain
  • Hip tightness
  • Muscle irritation
  • Flexor hallucis longus tendinopathy
  • Posterior impingement
  • Stress fractures
  • Toenail injuries and ingrown toenails
  • Lumbar Stress Fractures
  • Tight Hip Flexors
  • Anterior Hip Impingement
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Groin Strains

Pre pointe assessments

An evidence-based evaluation of strength, flexibility, posture and technique, the pre- pointe assessment is an under-utilised tool for dancers looking to go en pointe as well as
those already en pointe. 

This identifies any weaknesses in the musculoskeletal system that are risk factors for injury.


❖ Overtraining  
❖ Poor technique  
❖ Anatomical anomalies
❖ Flexibility and strength demands on the body 

Our comprehensive assessment involves a number of static and dynamic components of
ballet technique to determine if the dancer possesses the lower limb and core strength and flexibility to dance en pointe.

Further to the assessment, a customised strengthening programme will be prescribed
(if required) to reduce the risk of injury, improve technique and ultimately, 

Watch Edward Watson and Principal Mara Galeazzi as they take us behind-the-scenes to meet the individuals and see the effort that goes into preparing pointe shoes and footwear for each and every Royal Ballet performance.