Golfing Foot Pain

Golfers get pain more often in which foot?

Golf is a very popular sport here in the Coachella Valley. Golfers can put excessive stress to their feet during the swing, and over the course of 18 holes, can develop many different injuries. Most common types of injuries are metatarsalgia or pain in the ball of the foot, heel pain, tendonitis, and neuromas.

Neuromas most often occur in the opposite foot to which the person is swinging, i.e.: if swinging right handed, the neuromas is typically in the left foot. This is due to the excessive pressure and forces on that foot during the swing, and becomes more pronounced on longer shots. The symptoms can include burning, tingling, numbness and shooting pains into the toes, usually the third and fourth toes.

Ankle pain can also occur due to the extra motion noted at the rear foot ( heel) area during the golf swing, especially on the follow through. This occurs mostly on the opposite ankle of the swing. Repetitive stress causes the ligaments to become strained and painful. Sometimes the ankle can swell.

Tendonitis can also develop in golfer's feet. Many times the driver of a golf cart will develop tendonitis due to the brake pedal of the golf cart being made of two pieces. The golfer may complain of pain on the top of the foot, along the tendons. The bones are not painful.

Heel pain is another common complaint. Because of the excessive pronation of the feet during the golf swing, stress and pulling of the plantar fascia occurs. This repetition of pulling can cause heel pain in either foot. Over time, this becomes chronic and the pain increases.

So if pain during golf is getting you down, come see us for treatment to get you back on your feet quickly.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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