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Plantar Fasciitis From Golf

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of connective tissue that supports the bottom of the foot. It is most often associated with high impact activities, like running, soccer, and football. One would not normally think of this condition with respect to a low impact game, like golf. However, in addition to trauma to the plantar fascia from high impact sports, plantar fasciitis can be caused by chronic overuse. Golf involves prolonged standing and walking. This can gradually flatten, inflame, and cause small tears in the arch of the foot, leading to heel pain and plantar fasciitis. Improperly swinging the golf club can also be a risk factor for plantar fasciitis. If one overextends while swinging, particularly while wearing shoes that do not support the heel and that might allow the foot to slide around, plantar fasciitis can result. Symptoms of this condition include extreme pain in the heel when walking, especially first thing in the morning. If you feel heel and arch pain that is interfering with your golf game and walking in general, consult with a podiatrist who can make an accurate diagnosis and provide treatment.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dan Kirk, DPM of Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bluffton and Celina, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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