As any keen golfer will tell you, problems with the feet can impede timing and balance to the point where it affects performance. So, playing is painful on your feet, you need to find out why. Start with the quality of your footwear.
The importance of footwear
Improper shoes can bring on blisters, neuromas (inflamed nerve endings) and other pains in the feet. So it’s important to wear good shoes. And there are plenty to choose from, all designed to help your game using the latest technology - today, golf shoes are constructed using the principles of athletic footwear, often incorporating advanced technological innovations such as graphite shank reinforcements, which keep them light and add strength. But whatever they’re made of, they won’t help if they don’t fit properly. To ensure they fit well when purchasing, try them on with the same socks you’ll wear on the course. If, despite having taken care to purchase well-fitting, good quality shoes, pain persists for more than a few consecutive rounds, it’s time to visit a foot specialist.
Causes of injury
Typically, golfers sustain injuries because of biomechanical imbalances which cause unnecessary strain on muscles, ligaments and tendons. In such cases, orthoses are very likely to be helpful. Other problems, such as tendinitis, capsulitis, and ligament sprains can also keep a golf enthusiast in the clubhouse. Podiatrists see these problems daily and know how to treat them in a way that will facilitate a quick return to the sport.
Finally, remember – if you get injured, participation is no substitute for rehabilitation. If you are injured, your return should be gradual. As much as you may want to get back to your game, take it slowly.