A pre pointe assessment allows a qualified podiatrist to determine whether a ballet dancer’s body is ready to begin pointe work. It is a very important assessment to prevent lower limb injuries and foot and ankle trauma.
Often the ballet teacher will suggest to the student to see a podiatrist to have the ‘feet checked’ before going onto pointe and purchasing pointe shoes.
The pre pointe assessment will include:
- Lower limb and core strength.
- Flexibility and ankle range of motion required to go onto pointe.
- Skeletal maturity.
- Experience and technique.
- Foot shape and posture.
- Long term and short term goals
- Previous injuries and injury prevention.
This information facilitates appropriate advice and a plan of stretching and strengthening exercises combined with liaison with the ballet teacher to prevent injuries and maintain a long dance career.