Since people think golf is not a rigorous sport, they rule out the chance of injuries and do not pay any attention to foot care. On the contrary, golfers should be aware that they are prone to serious foot problems that can develop over a period of time.
If you are one of those golfers who have been playing the game for a long time, you could be prone to Hallux Limitus. It is the condition of jamming the big toe and its deterioration over time. The movement and the transfer of weight that takes palce during the swing’s follow can lead to Hallux limits and other chronic foot problems.
Avid players of the game can also experience osteoarthritis of foot over a period of time when they wear their cartilage off or jam their big toe. This would in turn make it very difficult for them to play Golf.
The first metatarsal bone or the big toe is very susceptible to injuries and trauma than any other part of the foot in Golfers.Â While following their swing Golfers tend to over extend their big toe while on their back foot. If they have had a history of trauma to the big toe, the condition can be further precipitated while playing golf.
On even the slightest discomfort while playing Golf, it is better to consult a podiatrist and avoid aggravating the problem further. Because if the joint becomes arthritic it is likely that the case would advance to such a stage where surgery becomes inevitable.
Golfers also commonly experience Neuroma, popularly known as Pinched Nerve at the base of their foot. The transfer of weight over to the front foot that occurs the following of the swing exerts pressure over the bottom of the foot. This can lead to Pinched nerve over a period of time.
It is also important for golfers to wear the right kind of shoes that are foot friendly. Some golfers tend to wear spiked shoes but it is not advisable for the kind of sport to wear shoes like that. The pressure froma single spike magnifies the pressure to a several thousand steps that can eventually lead to a lot of pain in the ball of the foot.
Other common problems that golfers experience are ““
Heel pain ““ Plantar Fascitis or pain in the center of the heel is common in golfers. This problem rises due to excessive pronation in the feet.
Morton’s Neuroma ““ Morton’s neuroma is inflammation of the nerve between the metatarsals. This can limit the golfer’s mobility over the fairway.
Metatarsalgia ““ Pain in the metatarsal or the fore foot region is known as Metatarsalgia. This occurs as a result of the development of corns, bony pain or hard skin.
Tendonitis ““ Pain in the arch of the foot that results due to the inflammation of the tendon due to the pressure exerted over the foot during the golf swing.
The best way to avoid injuries dampen your love for Golf, is to use orthotics. Orthotics or insoles will help stabilize your feet and distribute your body weight evenly and keep your posture correct during the swing. Insoles are really helpful in helping golfers balance well and hit the ball harder.