Do you suffer from a sharp pain in the heel first thing in the morning?
Plantar Fasciitis affects the heel and is a common foot complaint in golf. The foot plays a key role during the golf swing, as it pivots to allow the hips to rotate fully. Problems occur if a golfer over-pronates and their weight is not distributed evenly across the feet.
What are the Causes of Plantar Fasciitis amongst golfers?
- Over-extension is a major cause of plantar fasciitis; prevalent in amateur golfers who have not learnt the correct stance and swing technique.
- Wearing golf shoes that don’t adequately support to the arch area of the feet can aggravate over-extension, increasing the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
How Can Plantar Fasciitis be Prevented?
A quick trip to a Podiatrists and purchasing prescription orthotics is one of the best ways to protect yourself against plantar fasciitis. Insoles will help to avoid over-extension by stabilising the feet, ensuring weight is distributed evenly and helping to correct your stance during the golf swing.
How is Plantar Fasciitis Treated at Elite Performance Therapy?
- To ease pain and swelling we apply PRICE: Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation
- A bespoke programme of specific stretching exercises
- Deep tissue techniques to release tight calf muscles; gastrocnemius and soleus
BY: Isy Fergusson
Golf, Health, Physical Therapy
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