Dr. Marlene Reid wrote for “Podiatry Today” explaining the fundamentals of golf and the connection to lower extremity issues in the feet, heels, lower back, and ankles.
There are a handful of contributors that play a role:
- Player Experience – From amateur to professional, most common issues are attributed to the golfers swing.
- Limitations in balance, width stance, hip rotation, and knee pathology will change a golfers range of motion
- Practice makes perfect, but also makes permanence. Manipulating foot action for a back-swing, downswing, and follow-through takes time! A golf instructor can help correct your swing issues and address problems they see with your feet, hips, stance, and swing.
- Foot blistering and toe pain are fairly common as well as injuries or tending strains related to overuse.
- Ankles, heel, and muscular tear injuries related to golf usually occur due to uneven playing surfaces.
- Lower back issues are usually attributed to over rotation.