If you haven’t played golf for a while, or even if you are a regular player, you need to watch out for these common foot injuries that may keep you from teeing up to play 18 holes.
Also known as plantar fascitis, the discomfort caused by inflammation or tears in the connective tissue at the heel can occur due to excessive pronation in the feet (Pronation is the body’s response to running or walking; in feet, pronation involves the elongation and flattening of the arch to allow the foot to roll inward.) Since golfers often walk in cleats for long distances, they are susceptible to this kind of heel pain, which is typically worse first thing in the morning, right after you get out of bed.
Corns and Calluses
Calluses and corns form over a period of time because repeated pressure or friction on one area of skin causes the skin to die and form a hard, protective surface. Ill-fitting golf shoes could cause your feet to develop these spots.
This painful condition is caused by inflammation of the tendon that runs along the arch of the foot. It is a very common golfing injury because golfers put tons of pressure on this part of their feet when they gear up for a swing.
These injuries may sound scary, but don’t worry; there’s a simple, preventative solution for most of these problems: custom orthotics. When you wear custom insoles in your golf shoes, you allow your body to establish a better point of contact with the ground when executing your swing. Orthotics also stabilize your feet, distribute your weight evenly and correct your posture during golf, helping prevent or alleviate many sport-specific injuries. Some research even suggests that orthotics can improve your game and help you hit the ball with more force.
If you find that foot pain is keeping you from enjoying golf, your Houston podiatrist can help you get back on the green. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today for a comprehensive foot evaluation that will help you stay comfortable through 18 holes of play.