Your URGENT thoughts on this new product would be appreciated!
A student from another school has come over to my school (actually several students have come over) and they all have this new pointe shoe orthotic in their shoes. The Australia site is still under construction, but here is a picture of an American version that looks similar to what the students have been fitted with…
How on earth will the toes ever work in these? They will be frozen! They feel like a silicon jello mold and are only that moveable! I seriously have my concerns about putting something this large and inflexible inside a pointe shoe.
The fitting of these ‘orthotics’ was understood by the students to be a ‘dance assessment’. I explained that it was an orthotic fitting, not an assessment. I also rang the store and asked them to please stop calling it an assessment as it was misleading to the students and parents. They assured me they never referred to it as a structural dance assessment and always recommended one of the local physios for structural dance assessments. I have asked the owner of the store to please not offer this orthotic to my students until I do further research.
Please can you advise what you think about padding like this in students’ shoes?