Effect of Pointe Shoes Stiffness on the Lower Limb Joints and the Stability and Smoothness of the Foot in Ballet Turns

Yurina Tsubaki, Yui Kawano, Cheng Feng Lin, Mayumi Kuno-Mizumura

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Abstract

[Purpose] This study aimed to investigate the effects of shoe stiffness on rotational movements in ballet. [Participants and Methods] Differences in shoe stiffness were checked using a universal testing machine. Fifteen ballet dancers performed ballet turns with two types of shoes and their motions were recorded for 3D motion analysis. The changes in flexion and extension of the three lower limb joints, and the changes in the rotation axis and jerk of the lateral malleolus, heel, and second metatarsal head of both feet were calculated and compared between the two shoes during the double-leg support time, single-leg support time, and at the end of the rotation. [Results] The amount of change in the rotation axis inclination during double-leg support time in soft shoes was lower, and the jerk of the second metatarsal head was greater at the end of the trial. [Conclusion] The stiffness of the shoes had no effect on the lower limb joints of dancers with many years of experience, while it may have had an effect on the rotation axis inclination and the smoothness of the foot motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-432
Number of pages7
JournalRigakuryoho Kagaku
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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