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I know there has been a lot of discussion about various foot strecthing devices on the other board, but I have found another one that is a lot less expensive than the others and was wondering if anyone has used it. It's called the Chinerina Foot Stretcher and is made by Chacott. If anyone gets the Dance Distributors catolouge it's the one shown on page 22 for $26.00.

What do you think?? Is it worth the $26.00? I would love something to help me stretch my feet in addition to working with therabands and there isn't always someone around who can stretch them for me!

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Guest NSBDancer

I wouldn't know; I've never tried it, but I don't think I'd spend $26 on it. Personally, therabands work great enough for me. It's your money, hun! :)

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Guest Jaime

I was very unhappy with my feet, (although they are strong...they just had no arch) so over the holiday I received pro-arch.

 

I feel that it helped in certain ways...It made my ankles very strong...it also helped my arch a little. But I didn't get the articulation of the metatarsal like you would with a theroband.

 

In Ballet you need to be able to roll through your feet (jumps,releves, etc) Therefore I think theroband is very helpful

 

I think Pro-Arch and Theroband focus on different parts of stretching the foot and are both very helpful

 

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"Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another."

-Jaime

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Hi, Jaime, and welcome to the Young Dancers' Forums here at Ballet Talk on Ballet Alert! Online!:)

 

It sounds like you've had a successful experience with this product, especially when combined with resistive exercise bands. This sounds like sensible, and potentially useful information for other posters who are wondering about Pro-Arch or similar devices. Thank you.

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I would highly recommend a theraband. I got a book by Gaynor Minden to accompany my theraband. The book includes many useful stretches and exercises to help improve strength and flexibility of the feet. Unfortunately, I haven't used my theraband as diligently as I had planned to. :) However, in just a few uses, I have felt that my feet are stronger and I have a better understanding of what muscles to utilize in my feet. My feet still don't have a great pointe, but hopefully with some extra hard work it will improve. I would try a theraband which can be fairly inexpensive before moving onto complex machines. ;)

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