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Preventing Foot and Ankles Injuries While Playing Golf

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Golf, often perceived as a leisurely sport, can surprisingly pose risks of foot and ankle injuries, especially if proper precautions are neglected. One common cause of injuries is the repetitive motion of the golf swing, which can strain the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the feet and ankles. Additionally, uneven terrain or poorly maintained golf courses can increase the risk of slips, twists, and falls, leading to sprains or fractures. To prevent foot and ankle injuries in golf, it is essential to prioritize proper warm-up exercises before hitting the course. Dynamic stretches targeting the lower body muscles can enhance flexibility and reduce the risk of strain during the swing. Wearing supportive golf shoes with ample cushioning and traction can provide stability and protect against injuries. It is also helpful to maintain good posture and technique while swinging can help distribute forces evenly across the body, minimizing stress on the feet and ankles. If you have endured a foot or ankle injury playing golf, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you treatment methods and injury prevention tips.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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