orthotics

John P. McClure

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For dancers with foot problems that are being assisted by orthotics, I
recommend considering jazz shoes as an alternative to ghillies or ballet
slippers. Depending on the maker, they can be quite flexible and fit
very nicely, and because of the way they lace up around the foot, they
probably give better support and may be better able to accomodate the
orthotics; the (quite small) heel may also be beneficial all on its
own. I use prescribed orthotics like those described by Hugh (a rigid
part at the back, with a softer insole extending the full length), and
I've found that with just a bit of trimming of the softer part at the
front of the orthotic, they fit pretty well in the jazz shoe. Depending
on the shape of the orthotic at the back, you might need to search out a
make of shoe that offers a wide fitting. Wishing continuing happy dancing
for as many as possible,

Peter McClure
Winnipeg, MB

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