Many dancers (and often their parents) are devastated if they start developing unsightly and painful damage to their toes. While dancing and doing pointe work is not the sole cause of bunions, there are many factors involved in dancing that may increase their development. Some people are more predisposed to develop bunions than others, and there are plenty of people in the world who have bunions who have never done a day’s dancing in their life!
There are many different influencing factors that will dictate whether you will develop a bunion or not and if you do have one, how quickly it will advance. The frustrating thing is, most people focus on padding the joint, or looking at surgical options, without actually correcting a bunion has developed in the first place!
The following taping technique uses Dynamic Tape which can be purchased HERE.
NB: If you find that you experience some discomfort when leaving the tape on for more than a few hours, it is good to try doing some specific hands-on massage/release techniques before applying the tape. I find this very helpful in more rapidly improving the alignment of the toe. Please chat with your local treating therapist for advice on this.