The different types of ballet foot stretchers include Pro-Arch, Flexi-Stretcher, Arch-Genie, Ballet Band, Superior Arch and the original Ballet Footstretch. Foot stretchers on the market range from lightweight, portable memory foam and elastic bands to patented gym equipment. Foot stretchers range in price from $49 to over $200, depending on the desired type.
Foot stretching devices to improve the structure and function of the foot for dancers and other athletes have been around since the 1920s. The original Ballet Foot Stretch provides the necessary function of improving the foot's arch while offering a portable, durable design. The patented stretching design has been proven to increase dancer's range of motion, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Boyd Bender, physical therapist for Pacific Northwest Ballet, advises dancers to choose a foot stretcher that does not provide too much pressure as overstretching can weaken arches, causing the tendency to roll in.