Yes your feet do expand when you stop doing pointe work. Well...that is true in my case. I have stopped doing pointe work twice in my time. The first time I stopped for a while when I was 16 and found that my toes became softer but the marks from my calluses never really disappeared. The second time is now - which is for good. I can't see myself wearing those "pointing boots" ever again really...although, I would like to maybe for one more jaunt. My feet have expanded a whole size since stopping pointe work. I haven't dance en pointe for hmm...nearly 3 months now and I have gone from a very inconvenient ladies size 6/6.5 to a 7. I discovered this when I went shoe shopping a month ago....telling all the shop ladies, no I'm someone who sits between 6 and 6.5....when no really....I had expanded to a new digit entirely. Not a negative discovery at all. It just means that now that my toes don't have to bare the weight of my entire body they have room to lengthen now. I still have marks on my toes from where my calluses were and my bunions still exist... I don't have dainty "lady's feet" and I never will. In a sense though, I kinda like having scrunchy dancer's toes. It's a mark of my former life.
....what certainly isn't a mark of my former life is my ever expanding waistline....
....that's another story altogether!!!
|Alessandra Ferri's beautiful legs....how I wish I had those pins!|