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Egham, UK

#62 Nov 22, 2012
Hi i am 29 an i have really flat feet infact rhey completly flat. I want a higher arch and need help can any one advise me. I been tribg for years to walk in high heels but i just struggle i just cant balance. And in top ive got tiny feet, size 1 or 2... What can i do to solve this problem

Los Alamos, NM

#63 Dec 25, 2012
Hi Mya! Could you tell me if the excerisizes helped, and if so, which ones helped? Because I want to go en pointe, but for that, I need a better arch.


Vancouver, Canada

#64 Feb 13, 2013
Yes you should get it! Everyone says that its a great thing to use, and it works. I have it and my arch is sooo much better:)

Bournemouth, UK

#65 May 16, 2013
James wrote:
Dont moan about having high arches! its a dancers dream!
Yeah don't moan about having high arches because with high arches your pointe technique will be better than people/ dancers with normal arches. I'm trying to get a higher arch to improve on my technique and even though it might hurt people with flat/ low arches suffer alot.

Bourbonnais, IL

#66 Jun 11, 2013
I wanna Lower my arches wrote:
I have Very High arches and my feet constantly hurt I wear my the sides of my shoes out and when that happens my whole body hurts high arches are NOT the way to go I would love to find a way to lower mine and I have problems walking barefoot because every little thing no matter how small hurts like crazy and will bring me to my knees sometimes if anyone could tell me how to lower my arches even by alittle bit I would be very thankful or even just make my feet less tender.
i dont know if you are a dancer but dancers with very high arches have a better releve (not sure if that is how you spell it) therefore making it easier to turn and easier to go on pointe shoes. what i do is roll my feet on soup cans for 30 mins every day and it helps my arch a lot. but make sure you keep a habit of it. good luck.(:

Dubuque, IA

#67 Jul 29, 2013
Standing up lift just your toes off the ground. Then attempt to place your big toe and pinky toe on the floor with out the others touching the floor. At first I couldn't but it strengthens the arch majorly!
Emma Jade

Birmingham, AL

#68 Aug 16, 2013
get Chaco's!!!! I have great arches and they support my feet really well. I have searched and searched for shoes like these and now they are all that I wear!!! Hope this helps.:)
Emma Jade

Birmingham, AL

#69 Aug 16, 2013
Get Chaco's!!! I have very archy feet and they support them very well. I have searched and searched for shoes like this and boy did I ever find then!!:) They don't look like much but they help alot. Hope this helps you!!!:D

Burlington, MA

#70 Aug 20, 2013
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!
Re: i have a super bendy back, and have a high arabesque. try some back flexiblity excercises.

Charnwood, Australia

#71 Jan 22, 2014
Hi i really need help on my arches when i do my pointe classes I can't stay on the box because it doesn't go over please help me!!!

Prague, Czech Republic

#72 Jan 3, 2015
I´ve got the same problem like you´ve got. my teacher on classical ballet said that I should everyday sit on my feets and theyĺl become better. my instep is little bit better but it isn´t so big like my friends. my friend said that she said on her feets everyday 10 minutes and one day her feets crached and she had bigger instep.

Austin, TX

#73 Jan 1, 2016
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!!!!
DON'T DO IT! Think of your foot as a hair elastic: if you stretch it out a lot, eventually it'll stop going back to its original elasticity and become weak and floppy. By stretching your foot out unnaturally, you're putting yourself at risk for losing a LOT of strength. Never a good thing.
mackenziesballer ina

Fort Wayne, IN

#74 May 18, 2016
Hi! Not to worry! I don't have the most flexible or archly feet either and it always discouraged me. Here's what you can do:

1. Make sure that your shoes are right for your feet and compliment them. For the longest time, I wore leather capezio shoes and they did nothing for my feet. I'm now wearing a canvas shoe that is tight, and fits my feet well so that the arch and toe point is more defined. If you feel that your shoes are making your arches less desirable, maybe it's time for a new pair.

2. There are so many tools to use to stretch and strengthen your feet (especially for pointe work)
A. Thera--band: it's like a long thick rubber band that gives resistance so that you can strengthen the tops of your feet and compliments your arches. Use this everyday to get the most benefits.

B: a foot stretcher: it's a device that you can put your feet into and it will press down the top of your foot to improve your arches

There are many more, but also just make sure to fully roll through your feet in class and over time you will see positive results. Just keep working on them and being patient. You can also talk to a teacher or dance instructor that knows your feet and can help give you stretches and exercises to help stretch and strengthen them in a way that best benefits you.

As for the arabesque, that mainly requires back flexibility. A great way to improve back flexibility is by laying on your stomach and pressing up with your arms in fifth position so you are in a slight cambre backwards. Repeat this multiple times. This exercise not only improves your back flexibility, but also strengthens your core and stomach muscles. Again, your teachers and instructors know your body's strengths and weaknesses better than I do, so talking to them would probably benefit you more and help you to improve your back flexibility and feet appearance.

Just be patient. Be open to suggestions from teachers and keep working on them! Best wishes!! Xx-mackenzie

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