A swish through the air, a thwack as the ball connects, and a shout of “fore!” are all common sounds you hear on a golf course. If you’re Tiger Woods or some other golf professional, you may hear applause and cheers as well. One thing you don’t want to hear on the green is grumbling about how your companion’s aching feet are throwing off his or her swing. Unfortunately, common golf injuries really can impact your game and limit your ability to play well.
Common golf injuries in the feet usually manifest in the toes, the ball of the foot, or under your heel. Hours of walking and standing around 18-holes takes a toll. Every swing strains your lower limbs as well. Your weight starts in your back foot, then suddenly switches to the other foot as you connect with the ball and follow through. The way your feet turn in toward each other in the follow through can also strain them. You end up with problems like heel pain, arthritis, Morton’s neuroma, metatarsalgia, and tendonitis.
These make it very difficult for your feet to maintain the stability and strength they need to support your swing when you play. Your power, aim, and balance are grounded in your feet. If these are uncomfortable, you won’t be able to provide your swing with the necessary base, which will weaken it—and throw off your whole game.
Since most golf injuries are overuse-related, they’re easy to treat conservatively, especially if you catch them early. Don’t wait until you’re limping around the green to get help for your discomfort. Contact Absolute Foot Care Specialists here in Las Vegas for more information or for an appointment. You can reach us by calling (702) 839-2010 or by filling out our online contact form.
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