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Do foot problems effect your Golf swing?

It is becoming more evident that foot and lower limb function holds one of the keys to a proper golf swing. To transfer weight and produce an efficient swing, proper biomechanical balance of the foot is essential.

Acute foot injuries in golf are not that common, however walking the course , pre-existing foot injuries complicated by repetitive weight transference during swing, and improperly fitting shoes can contribute to foot complaints during golf play.

Other factors such as tight achilles tendons and calves, feet rolling inwards and high arched feet, combined with uneven terrain & uphill lies can cause excessive stretch and torque of tendons contributing to tendonitis. Plantar fasciitis (heel Pain) is one of the most common over use injuries in sport, particularly with golfers who walk the course as opposed to buggy riding.

Golfers who walk undulating fairways or attempt to swing from uneven or uphill lies (sand traps) or who excessively turn the ankle outwards in the follow through swing may suffer an acute ankle sprain. Tight fitting golf shoes can cause nerve entrapment in the foot which results in stabbing pain when walking.

Other problems golfer’s can suffer from are blisters, corns, hammer toes, Athlete’s foot  infections, sweaty feet, dryness of the skin, and heel fissuring and fungal nails.

The golf shoes act as a base of support for the golf swing by reducing foot slippage and offering stability.

There are 3 basic types of golf shoe

1.Welted shoes, the classic shoe with leather upper and stitched leather sole

2.Athletic style shoe

3.Comfort classic shoe which is lighter and more cushioned.

For full biomechanical and gait analysis see your podiatrist, you may need special insoles for your golf shoes, or basic chiropody care. Healthy feet will go towards creating a perfect golf swing!