However, even a well fitted Pointe shoe can result in bruised toenails, blisters and raw skin. This is due to the tight fit, unyielding properties of the materials and the stress placed on the toes whilst standing en pointe.
Pointe shoes are commonly worn by ballet dancers, enabling them to stand ‘en pointe’ (on the tips of their toes). These shoes place enormous pressure on this joint which often results in, or pronounces, a bunion. In extreme cases, a bunion may cause the big toe to cross over or under the second toe, affecting the individual’s ability to walk comfortably.