buglady Posted April 6, 2004 Report Share Posted April 6, 2004 Does anyone have any good exercises for the metatarsal area of the foot? I have struggled for a while with pointing my foot properly-- for a long time I could only bend at the ankle and the toes. I tended to curl my toes under and believed with all my heart I was pointing my foot. This went on until it was pointed out to me at an adult intensive in Michigan (thank you Heidi!). She took my foot and molded it with her hand to show that there was another whole set of joints in there! She explained that my toes should reach, not curl, and I should be able to see the metatarsals "pop out" when I flexed that joint. My problem is that I have been completely unsuccessful at building strength enough to point well. I would like to be able to have the strength to make a pointe shoe look pointed when my foot is in the air. I know this is a matter of strength and not lack of flexibility in the foot, because when standing en pointe my feet look great. But it seems to take the weight of my whole body to force that foot to pointe properly. I have tried therabands and sitting with pointe shoes on and pointing against the shoe to try to make it really curve. By not putting any weight on it I had hoped that the muscles in the metatarsal arch area would do all the work. However, with both exercises my foot "cheats" and goes right back to the toe scrunching. I have been blessed/cursed with a wide foot, short even toes, and a really high arch. Therefore, my feet look lovely en pointe, but I know that the high arch gives the look of a pointed foot, when very little pointing is being done! I think that is why I never caught on that there was a problem till Heidi had me pointe my bare feet while she watched. Please help.... I want my feet to look lovely in pointe shoes even when they're not against the floor! Quote Link to comment
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