If pointe shoes were molded to the outline of the foot and offered the perfect amount of support, flexibility and stability, there would be little need for accessories. But since pointe shoes are symmetrical and feet are not, there are pressure points (hot spots) and negative spaces inside the shoe. Accessories are problem solvers. They can be tailored to help the shoe fit better, prevent injuries and avoid excessive pain. However, the use of accessories should be strategic so the dancer will not to become reliant on them. We should strive to use as little padding as possible but as much as the dancer needs to get started.
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