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Podiatrists Are Essential for Golfers

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition in golfers due to the prolonged periods of standing and walking involved in the game. Regular foot stretches can help prevent this painful condition. Before hitting the golf course, it is beneficial to perform calf stretches by leaning against a wall with one foot forward and the other extended back. Stretching the arch of the foot by rolling a golf ball under it can also be effective. Additionally, toe stretches, where you pull your toes back towards your shin, help maintain flexibility in the plantar fascia. Incorporating these stretches into your routine not only reduces the risk of plantar fasciitis but also enhances overall foot comfort and performance on the course. Consistent stretching ensures that your feet are well-prepared for the demands of a round of golf. It is also helpful to wear shoes that have adequate arch support or to add orthotics to existing shoes, if needed. If you have developed heel pain while playing golf, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

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 Janale Beckford, DPM from Tampa Podiatrists . 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

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.

Treatment

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 office located in Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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