October 2015

Textured insoles worn outside of dance class may improve ankle proprioception

In the moment: Dance

By Jordana Bieze Foster

Wearing textured insoles during nonclass time is associated with improved ankle proprioception in ballet dancers, according to research from the University of Canberra in Australia.

Investigators assessed the effects of textured insoles in 26 students from the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne (14 women), aged between 14 and 19 years. One group wore textured insoles in their athletic shoes during nonclass periods for four weeks while a second group followed standard practice, then the groups switched conditions for another four weeks.

Dancers in both groups demonstrated improved inversion and eversion ankle discrimination after wearing the insoles compared with baseline. The findings were epublished in September by the International Journal of Sports Medicine.

In a study epublished in April by Physical Therapy in Sport, the same researchers found wearing textured ballet shoe insoles was associated with improved inversion ankle discrimination in dancers with the lowest quartile of baseline scores.


Steinberg N, Tirosh O, Adams R, et al. Does wearing textured insoles during non-class time improve proprioception in professional dancers? Int J Sports Med 2015 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print]

Steinberg N, Waddington G, Adams R, et al. The effect of textured ballet shoe insoles on ankle proprioception in dancers. Phys Ther Sport 2015 Apr 29. [Epub ahead of print]

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