Hitting the Green Too Often Can Cause Foot Pain in Golfers

You may be the occasional golfer that goes out with your buddies or work colleagues on a monthly basis. But if you're a more avid golfer there are serious foot complications that can arise from playing the game.

You might be thinking, "how can golf be a problem for my feet, after all I'm just walking and swinging my club?" Well according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons foot problems arise from excessive walking and the golf swing can place stress on the feet and ankles.  These repetitive movements can add up to some pretty nasty problems such as pain in the big toe joint (a condition called Hallux rigiditis), stress on the ball of the foot which can cause capsulitis, metatarsalgia, Morton's neuroma, and plantar fasciitis. You're more likely to have problems with your feet when golfing if an underlying structural problem already exists.

What Can Be Done?

  • Check your golf swing - it could be the culprit. Talk to a golf expert to be sure your feet are properly aligned when you take your swing.

  • Buy proper shoes

  • Orthotics can correct faulty foot structure, improve gait, and reduce fatigue

Pain while golfing is not normal. If your game is causing you to bogey more often due to foot pain, call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

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