Hitting a Hole-In-One for Foot Care
If you’re looking for a new hobby this summer, consider picking up golf! Golf is a great game to get outdoors and stay active. And though it might seem like a leisurely, low-impact sport, golf can come with its own set of sports-related injuries. Pro golfers and weekend players alike are on their feet for long periods of time during golf games. If you forego the golf cart and hoof it for an 18-hole game, you could walk over 5 miles total! All that time on your feet can lead to overuse injuries in your feet or ankles.
Check out our tips to help ensure healthy feet on the links:
The Right Shoes
Regulation golf shoes that fit your feet right are a necessity. Soft golf spikes can prevent a slip during your swing, which is a common ankle-twisting mistake. Check for wear and tear on the spikes and replace as necessary.
As with any sport, proper warm up and stretches are necessary to avoid injury. Limber up your feet and ankles by walking around and stretching your calf muscles out ahead of the game.
Watch Your Swing
A solid swing uses your whole body. Repeating the same movement many times can often add stress on an individual tendon or joint. If a part of your foot or ankle starts aching, adjust your swing to compensate. If the pain persists, take a rest, elevate the painful foot, and put it on ice. If that doesn’t help, give your podiatrist a call.
Think About Your Game Off the Course
Regular aerobic exercise can help your endurance on the golf course. Staying active during the week by walking, jogging, bicycling, or swimming will keep your body active and help you play a longer, more-fulfilling game.
Whether you’re a golf fanatic or a casual player, Dr. Stuart Snyder here at Maple Springs Foot Center wants to make sure your game is smooth. If you’re suffering from an overuse injury from a long game of golf, or twisted your ankle on an improper swing, it’s time to see your podiatrist. You can, request an appointment online or call our office conveniently located in Gaithersburg, MD at 301-762-3338.