Did you want to get a round of 18 holes in after work, but doubt if your foot pain is going to let you? Golf injuries often include neck and back pain, knee problems, and issues with wrists, elbows, and hips, but foot pain when playing golf is quite common as well.
That’s because your golf swing begins with your feet pushing against the ground, and if your biomechanics aren’t quite right, well, your feet will definitely feel it!
A golf swing goes through several phases, including: set up, takeaway, downswing, impact, and follow through. Your feet must adjust to each phase and move from evenly distributed weight to more weight on the ball of your foot, shifting weight to the back foot then the front foot, onto the back big toe, and so on. All of this redistribution of weight and balance, along with the effects of twisting the upper body, can take its toll on your feet, especially if your swing is not text book. In fact, if you don’t go through each phase of your swing correctly (and there’s a lot of room for error, there) it puts your feet through increasing amounts of stress – no wonder they hurt!
A host of different foot and ankle issues can result from an improper golf swing, including sprains, tendinitis, heel and arch pain, stress fractures, neuromas, and more! Making sure you have good golf shoes that fit well and offer plenty of cushion and support is a good start to ending foot pain when playing golf. Orthotics can help as well. Beyond that, consider trading that 18 rounds you were thinking about for simply working on your swing, and before you know it, your foot pain will no longer be par for the course!
For more tips or help with foot and ankle issues, contact us by dialing 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). We can assess your feet and determine what’s behind your pain so we can treat it appropriately. In the meantime, you can work on improving that golf swing of yours!