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If a round of golf is painful on the feet, first assess the quality of your shoes. Any time pain is not adequately resolved with good, stable, golf shoes, and is present for more than two or three consecutive rounds, it’s time to visit one of our expert podiatrists.
We can diagnose and treat any problems, and help make your feet an asset, not a liability, to your golf game.
Like the great Jack Nicklaus said, “lively feet” are critical to a successful golf game. Having healthy, biomechancially stable feet is the first prerequisite for achieving that goal.
Common Golf Foot Injuries
This condition is also known as plantar fascitis and commonly occurs due to excessive pronation in the feet. Golfers will often complain of pain when first rising in the morning and after periods of rest. Pain will be located in the center of the heel.
This term refers to any pain in the fore foot region. This can be caused due or corns, hard skin or bony pain.
Inflammation of the nerve in between the metatarsal’s (bones at the sole of the foot) occurs. This can be very painful for golfers who walk around the fairway.
Inflammation of the tendon that runs along the arch region. This is a common golfing injury as the foot can be placed under excessive pressure during the golf swing.
Preventing Pain and Improving Your Game
For the foot that is not able to function normally due to biomechanical conditions such as excessive pronation (rolling in) or supination (rolling out), improved biomechanics can be achieved through the use of orthoses, custom shoe inserts that can be prescribed by your podiatrist.
Insoles allow a golfer’s body to establish a better point of contact with the ground when executing a golf swing. They will also stabilise your feet, evenly redistribute weight and correct your entire body posture during the golf swing.
Recent research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reports that 71% of participants felt there balance was improved while using orthotics and playing golf. An impressive 50% felt that they were hitting the ball harder and 38% of participants reported a lower golf score while using orthotics. This research suggests that Insoles can help golfers improve balance, hit the ball harder and obtain a lower golf score.
Insoles also prevent and treat a variety of painful injuries that can affect your concentration and ultimately your golfing handicap. Bringing painful knees, legs, feet or an aching lower back to the fairway can prevent you from playing to the best of your golfing potential!
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