how to get a better foot arch and ara...

Victoria, Canada

#42 Mar 24, 2011
i have an extremely low arch. when i pointe my foot, it is literally not even parallel to the floor yet! so, the marble and the towel pick-up thing does not work for me. Same goes for the theraband. Are there other solutions? thanks!

Memphis, TN

#43 Mar 30, 2011
My feet are the exact same way anymore tips for your higher arches. Also do you have any tips for a split stretch with fast results.

Frederick, MD

#44 May 8, 2011
I have been working on my feet for some time now and i have seen a bit of improvement. I place my feet under my dresser and straighten my legs till the tops of my feet start to hurt. I do this about 2 to 3 times a day. The look better then ever but I feel like it is just taking way to long. What else would make a huge impact on making my feet look better?


#45 May 20, 2011
Hi. I am pretty good at ballet, and usualy the best in the class, but everyone in my class moved onto pointe shoes except me. My teacher said I needed to improve my demi-point and my arch and my points. Could someone please tell me how to do this? I am reallly desperate and I feel like i am falling behind in class. Help! so if you could help that would be great!

Belleville, MI

#46 Jul 7, 2011
Many of you are very misinformed if you want a better arch then go barefoot running and walk barefoot. Contrary to popular belief, the "supportive" shoes we wear actually weaken our foot and flatten our arches. I wear these toe shoes called vibram fivefingers and they have helped me tremendously. Give em a try you won't be disappointed.

South Africa

#47 Aug 6, 2011
I am 15 with extremely high arch and instep, but very strong feet. Not boasting. I am in my graduation year doing my advanced 2 in vaganava, cecchetti, RAD and French school, so each of my teachers has something interesting to tell me and I just want to say that i think having great feet is about stretching the leg over the foot, pushing the heel up and the arch in. Now to educate you poor soles(excuse the pun): most people conform to one, high instep or high arch. God graced me with both. having a high instep is when the top of the foot forms a bump ontop and arch is the curved thing at the bottom. Your problem may be that you are trying to strengthen the wrong one. when you point try to see which foot type you are and work on your weak spot eg. u hav a hi instep, low arch, work on arch.


#48 Sep 10, 2011
I have a low arch and a low instep... any advice on improving both? Thanks :))

Salt Lake City, UT

#49 Oct 29, 2011
perfect feet wrote:
I just got the FootStretch device. The thing is freakin' awesome! I've wanted it for two years, and finally decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. I've had it for one week now, and I can already point my feet so much better, and my arch is already much more dramatic.
I would be really careful with a mechanical device like that, because it can cause injuries, if you aren't careful. A great foot stretch that will improve your arch requires a partner. Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front. Have your friend place a tennis ball under your arch and then stretch the top of your foot over the ball. This will increase the flexibility and change the structure of your foot. You'll have to do this alot, and make sure you strengthen your feet alot with a thera-band or other exercises, or else you might get too flexible too fast and get injured.

Walnut Creek, CA

#50 Feb 22, 2012
James wrote:
Dont moan about having high arches! its a dancers dream!
I'll trade you! Really you shouldn't complain!
Better foot arch

Somerset, NJ

#51 Mar 13, 2012
I have an abnormally low arch and I'm attempting a foot excessive right now I'm not sure if it works but I will do anything to fix my arch! I can't even wear flip flops without my feet looking pretty!

Whangarei, New Zealand

#52 Mar 25, 2012
Im trying my best with the sickleing but i cant help it please help

Tulsa, OK

#53 Apr 6, 2012
RE: Please invest time to go to orthopedic specialist and see about getting arch in your foot surgically, because when you get older your foot bones can break and cause bone spurs... if you have semi flat feet, invest in very very good orthotics or you will be in pain! im 25 and i have to get surgery now an i danced and played soccer and never knew i was just born with bad feet. it can cause kneE and back pain if you dont treAT NOW
Mya wrote:
im 15 years old and im getting really frustrated. i don't have a natural arch in my foot? please let me know of any exercises that can improve my arch. also i need to get a higher arabesque position so exercises to improve that would also me greatly appreciated. thank you!

United States

#54 Apr 9, 2012
ijustwannadance wrote:
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What is this footstretch device. iv heard alot about it and i was wondering do you think its a good idea to get or try stretches on my own? all comments would be great. THANKS!!!!
Its called pro-arch! Its kind of expensive but is well worth it! It really helps get a better arch :)

Brooklyn, NY

#55 Jun 7, 2012
hi. im an advanced ballerina and my instructors made us hold our arabesque for a long time and then strtching helps ALOOTT as well as holding your arabesque while watching t.v or something and for your arch you can roll a can on your arch do this alot every day while you do your h.w and stuff and eventually you will begin to form an arch in your foot

Gig Harbor, WA

#56 Jun 13, 2012
Im 13 and ive been doing ballet since i was 3 last month i did a performance and strained my muscles really bad in my lower back...wich meant no dancing which means no pointe ect...but i have noticed that when i do my arebesque my leg doesnt go above 90 which makes it harder to balance and my arch has started to not be as high because i couldnt excersize...any ideas on what could help?

Thurmont, MD

#57 Jul 10, 2012
I'm 15 years old and I've tried dance when I was very young but I couldn't stick with it because of family issues, but I have always adored ballet. Would it be too late to start again? Is there anything anyone would recommend?

Green Bay, WI

#58 Jul 23, 2012
Bella wrote:
I have the same problem, well had.
What you need to do is two things, really to raise it. It will take time.
First, warm up your foot and leg muscles, simple easy things. Then go to, say a beauro, or something thats slightly elevated from the floor, or a wall.
And stretch and lengthen your foot muscles by putting your feet to the wall andstraightening your legs.
Then, after the tops of your feet are nice and stretched, get a pair of socks, or a small towel and bunch that up so its sort of long and snake-like looking.
Pick that up with your toes (by squeezing your toes) for about ten minutes each day.
If it starts to hurt stop immidiately and soak your feet in warm water (then ofcourse try again the next day, maybe not as long)
If this was confusing (which it probably was -_-)
feel free to e-mail me at
[email protected]
how long did it take you to improve your feet using these excercises????

South Africa

#59 Sep 10, 2012
Hey. Go to this website and discover what kind of feet you have. that way you can find methods of strengthening and improving your feet. No point in doing excersises that other people suggest when they have completely different foot shapes to you. Also learn your body type because this will help you in adressing issues that may be hindering your feet.

Royal Oak, MI

#60 Oct 8, 2012
This is a sight for if your foot isn't. Pointed high eneoug

Egham, UK

#61 Nov 22, 2012
Hi, i

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