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A Golfers Guide to Avoiding Foot and Ankle Pain

For golfers over-use injury becomes a fact of life. In fact, working through the pain and finishing that 18-holes is considered a badge of honor by some.

Intuitively, most are aware that ongoing strain in sports will create injury and golf is no exception. Everything from sore toes to ankle and leg sprains can interfere with a good round of golf. Our feet and ankles are the platform from which we convert ground reactive forces into hip and shoulder rotation. With proper angle and base of gait we can generate energy and momentum to initiate a well controlled back swing. Once the back swing is complete energy is directed into a low gear hip rotation. When balanced and controlled, hip rotation allows for optimal high gear shoulder rotation bringing the club through down swing. When all the mechanics come together the clubface will contact the ball in its sweet spot. This is truly the highlight of the game.

By keeping yourself in good physical condition you can avoid overuse and injury. Stretching the front of the legs and back of the calf ’s is effective for improving tolerance of prolonged walking and standing. Sustained stretching exercises for the neck, back and hamstrings will help you to prevent unnecessary strains and is worth the extra time before playing. Weight lifting immediately before golfing is a bad idea for many, as it may result in pushing and forcing the club around when in fact what you need is control and finesse.

If you know you have tendonitis or arthritis then proactive dosing with chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine well before the season starts is a good idea for maintenance throughout the season. Over the counter ibuprophen (Motrin) or Aleve (Naproxen) can be helpful when used as directed before and after your round. Check with your doctor to make sure this is safe for you.

Tips so you don’t get Teed Off

Stretch - Perform stretching exercises well in advance of your game. 10min for upper body and 10 min for lower body will bring improved tolerance for a long round. Remember weight lift ing maybe counter productive immediately prior to golfi ng.

NSAIDs - Ask your doctor whether or not you can use anti-infl ammatory agents before your game. For many these agents provide ample relief of arthritic symptoms and improve comfort aft er the round

Topicals - Immediately aft er play soreness can be relieved with cold agents. For delayed onset aching a deep heat product will help. Remember heating pads and hot water baths are superfi cial heating methods that do not provide the relief of deep heating

Dr. Judge treats chronic pain and complex foot and ankle deformity. A focus on conservative treatment is always first. When surgery is needed this is her specialty. She can be reached in her Port Clinton office at 419-732-2618.

 

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