"Dear Katie" Bonus Question: How to Deal with Sore Toes
Katie photographed by Nathan Sayers. She's so purty!
Good morning, everyone! Are you totally obsessed with "Dear Katie" yet? Because I still can't get over the fact that Kathryn Morgan—the former New York City Ballet soloist currently dispensing dance tips over at "If the Pointe Shoe Fits"—is writing an advice column for DS. She's just so talented! And so beautiful! And so wise!
In fact, Katie had so much wisdom to share in her February column that we couldn't fit it all in the print issue. So here, for your snowy-day reading pleasure, is a bonus February question. And believe me when I say that if you suffer from ingrown toenails (or any other variety of sore toes), Katie's answer will be LIFE-CHANGING.
How can you prevent ingrown toenails? Is there anything you can do to ease the pain when you have to dance on them?
An ingrown toenail—when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin—can be incredibly painful. To prevent ingrown toenails, podiatrists recommend three things. First, trim your nails straight across, with no rounded corners. Second, make sure your dance and street shoes aren’t too tight. If ingrown toenails are a recurring problem for you, you might want to consider going up a size. Finally, keep your feet clean. Sweaty feet are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so if you don’t clean them well, your nails are more likely to become infected.
To cure ingrown toenails, try soaking your feet in warm, soapy water several times a day. But if your toe is infected, see a doctor so he or she can prescribe an antibiotic.
Unfortunately, odds are you’ll end up having to dance on a mildly ingrown toenail at some point. I have a little secret for you: Head to your drugstore and buy a numbing gel called Oral-B. It’s actually for gum and tooth pain, but it can also be used on ingrown toenails and corns. Apply it over the painful area and wait a few minutes to let it sink in. I absolutely swear by it!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.