Benefits of Wearing EPO
En Pointe Orthotics are a custom made EPO silicone insert that fits over the toes then inside the box of a pointe shoe providing unsurpassed support, alignment and comfort. The specially formulated EPO material is flexible enough to absorb energy yet firm enough to provide support and alignment whilst maximizing balance, control and comfort.
In more detail, En Point Orthotics aligns the toes whilst en pointe and distributes the body’s weight more evenly across them.
“Pointe work is as rigorous as it is beautiful and the many small structures of the foot are simply not well matched anatomically to the punishing demands of dancing en pointe” – The answer – En Pointe Orthotics.
En Pointe Orthotics are fitted by accredited En Pointe Orthotic fitters only.
Prior to or after the personalized En Pointe Orthotics appointment, the dancer maybe required to purchase a new pair of pointe shoes. This will ensure that the pointe shoes will be correctly fitted to suit the individual client’s foot shape and to accommodate the En Pointe Orthotic.
If you are unable to be fitted for new pointe shoes you will need to discuss your options with the En Pointe Orthotics fitter prior to attending your En Pointe Orthotic fitting appointment.
A personalized En Pointe Orthotic consultation and fitting will take approximately 45-60 minutes. This is just an estimate as the complexity of the fitting will determine the appointment length. Your En Pointe Orthotics are available to take home immediately after your En Pointe Orthotic fitting. It is suggested that you leave the En Pointe Orthotics for 24 hours before dancing in them.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my En Pointe Orthotics last?
The life span of En Pointe Orthotics differs with each individual dancer. En Pointe Orthotics are crafted from a highly durable EPO material. The degree of wear and tear will depend on the hours of pointe work per week, the individual dancer’s technique and how the orthotics are cared for.
How much will a pair of En Pointe Orthotics cost?
The cost for a pair of En Pointe Orthotics is determined by the En Pointe Orthotic Fitter, taking into consideration the complexity of the fitting. Please contact your nearest En Pointe Orthotics Fitter for a quote or further information.
Can I wear En Pointe Orthotics in my current pointe shoes?
It is highly recommended that your En Pointe Orthotics are fitted in a new pair of pointe shoes to ensure the correct fit and to provide the best possible support. There may not be enough room in your current pointe shoes.
How long does an En Pointe Orthotic fitting take?
A personalized En Pointe Orthotics consultation and fitting will take approximately 45-60 minutes. This is just an estimate. The complexity of the fitting will determine the appointment length. Please contact your nearest Accredited En Pointe Orthotic Fitter for more information.
When will my orthotics be ready to take home?
When the appointment is completed you will be able to take your personalized En Pointe Orthotics with you. We do however suggest you wait 24 hours before dancing in them.
Can I wear my En Pointe Orthotics in any style of pointe shoe?
Your En Point Orthotics will be/have been moulded using a specific style of pointe shoe most suited to your foot and as such provide the perfect fit in that style only, however they may be transferable between pointe shoes that are of similar box and vamp shape. Please note that the size and width of the pointe shoe must be fitted correctly to allow for maximum support and alignment from your En Pointe Orthotics.
Do I need to have to have En Pointe Orthotics made every time I go up a size in pointe shoes?
As long as your En Pointe Orthotics are fitting your toes comfortably you can transfer them to the next size up pointe shoe. You will need to take your En Pointe Orthotics to every pointe shoe fitting to ensure the correct fit of your next pointe shoes.
How do I care for my En Pointe Orthotics?
Please keep your En Pointe Orthotics clean and dry when not in use. We recommend that you “air” your orthotics until they are dry. Please change the desiccant in your En Pointe Orthotics box regularly. Handle with care when positioning and removing your En Pointe Orthotics. Cleaning your EPOs are quick and easy with instructions on the inside base of your EPO box. Further details can be provided by your En Pointe Orthotics Fitter. EPOs can also be cleaned in your dishwasher. The EPO material used is an inert non-toxic material and as such does not cause any skin problems. We have had NO reports of any fungal or bacterial infections due to the wearing og EPOs. There is very little to no foot odour of used EPOs.
Can another dancer try on and wear my En Pointe Orthotics?
As everyone’s feet are different, your personalized En Pointe Orthotics should not be worn by another individual. Your En Pointe Orthotics are custom made and designed to accommodate the shape and style of your foot only.
Do I need to wear additional accessories with my En Pointe Orthotics?
Your En Pointe Orthotics are expertly fitted to ensure maximum support, control and alignment, therefore additional accessories are not required and should not be
How long will it take me to get use to wearing my En Pointe Orthotics?
If you are new to pointe work, En Point Orthotics will maximise support and comfort immediately. If you are an experienced ballet dancer it may take a few wears until you are completely comfortable with the supportive feel.
When is the best time to be fitted for En Pointe Orthotics?
We believe that the best time to be fitted for your En Pointe Orthotics is NOW.
Wearing En Pointe Orthotics from the beginning stages of your pointe work is preferred however, all dancers, whatever level, will benefit by maximising strength and control whilst limiting chances of impending injury or deformity.
Do the En Pointe Orthotics allow for natural movement?
En Pointe Orthotics are crafted from a flexible EPO material allowing the foot to freely roll up and through demi pointe. The En Pointe Orthotics material is flexible enough to absorb energy yet firm enough to provide support and alignment.