P R O B L E M
Dancers who wear pointe shoes often develop foot injuries and pain including tendinitis, cramping, and blisters in areas such as the ankle, the arch, and the toes. Pointe shoes are also handmade in a very traditional manner, out of paper mache, cardboard, and wood, making them soften and wear out easily due to sweat and use, which can lead to injury and requires high amounts of money to buy new shoes frequently. In addition, it is difficult for dancers to monitor their health vitals because they are unable to wear accessories.
The Pointe Sock is a thin sock worn underneath ballet tights. It has silicon gel supports behind the ankle to prevent achilles tendonitis, under the arch to prevent cramping, and over the toes to prevent overlap and blisters. The fabric of the sock is a sweat-absorbent mesh to increase the durability of the pointe shoe. There is a heart rate monitor electrode located where there is a pulse on the foot, which can connect via Bluetooth to a mobile app that will allow for health monitoring.
The Pointe Sock decreases the risk of injury, increases the durability of the pointe shoe, increases comfort, and allows for health/fitness monitoring.
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hand-sculpted clay prototype:
carved foam prototype:
hand-sculpted foam prototype: