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Foot Pain Can Affect Your Golf Swing

Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

Considering the less aggressive nature of the sport, golf injuries are not usually associated with foot pain. However, quite contrary to popular belief, golfers are prone to a number of foot injuries, including Morton’s neuroma, heel pain, tendonitis in the arch, and subungual hematoma. Considered to be overuse injuries, repetitive motions, and incorrect biomechanics are the main contributors. Morton's neuroma is a common foot injury associated with golf, typically affecting the non-dominant foot due to overuse and the mechanics of the golf swing. Heel pain is another prevalent foot injury among golf players, resulting from excessive movement of the rear foot, which puts pressure on ligaments. This often results in inflammation of the plantar fascia, a broad ligament that runs beneath the sole of the foot. Tendonitis can occur when repeated golf swings exert excessive pressure on the foot, leading to inflammation of the tendon in the foot's arch. Subungual hematoma is a foot injury caused by exerting too much pressure on the big toe during a golf swing, resulting in the formation of a blood clot beneath the toe. If these or other foot problems interfere with playing golf or affect your daily activities, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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