Foot Tips for Golfers

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August is National Golf Month, so let’s take a swing at common facts about foot care for golfers. Whether you are a member of a club or like to go to the driving range with your friends, some foot injuries can put you on the sidelines. Whether you are new or seasoned, we hope to share some facts that may help you to avoid making foot care mistakes.

Regardless of the sport, the doctors at New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group can tell you that foot care matters, as does your shoe choice. Common injuries for golfers can include plantar fasciitis, ingrown toenails, and Achilles tendonitis. You can imagine how the discomfort can make you think twice about moving to the next hole.

Here are three facts to consider before taking your next swing:

Pick the right golf shoes

Yes, you can choose the wrong pair of golf shoes. Not all golf shoes are alike — or best for you. When shoe shopping, ask golfers or members of your team first. They may share a trusted brand that has helped them give their best on the course. Also checking with a sales representative at the golf store might help in making a decision. Most importantly, always ask the associate to measure your feet.

Don’t walk through foot pain

Ignore the myth that golfing requires little athleticism or effort. It is a head-to-toe game. If you are in pain, your time will be miserable while on the course. Instead, reach out to your podiatrist to learn more about what is causing your foot pain. They can share helpful information about shoe choice, orthotics, and more.

Rest is best

Like any sport, rest is best. There are times when back-to-back days of practice are simply too much for your feet. Instead, take a day off. Rest your feet with limited physical activity. Schedule a massage or even a pedicure. For common problems like plantar fasciitis, you wouldn’t believe how helpful rest can be for recovery. Your podiatrist may recommend it, too.

National Golf Month is in full swing, and we’re here to help. If you have questions or concerns about your foot pain, contact us to schedule an appointment.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in

the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.