Foot Care on the Golf Course

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This past weekend, The Players Championship was held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The world’s best golfers gathered for four days of competitive golf under the shining Florida sun. Although the next major championship isn’t for another few weeks, the recent stretch of beautiful weather in North Houston may have some of you itching to hit the links at some nearby courses.

Whether you are playing a round of 9 holes or 18 holes, or if you are hitting a bucket of balls at the driving range, or if you are having some fun with family and friends at the mini golf course, you will be on your feet for a long period of time. How’s this for a fun fact: if you choose to forgo the golf cart for all 18 holes, you may walk well over 5 miles total! Therefore, the type of shoes you wear will have a huge impact on your comfort during and after your outing. Here are some things you might want to keep in mind before you step onto the first tee box:

·A snug fit throughout the middle part of the foot will ensure stability during your entire shot.

·Shoes that are made of lighter materials with adequate cushioning will provide crucial support and comfort.

·The more breathable, the better! – Bacteria and fungi love to grow in dark and damp conditions and cause rashes and fungal infections.

·Good grip and traction on the soles of the shoes will help you dig in on the fairway. More serious golfers might look for shoes with spikes.

·As is the rule with all new footwear, try the golf shoes on with the socks you will wear when you play to ensure a proper fit.

Whether you play once a year or once a week, the doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston want you to be free of pain and discomfort at all times. Whether you are suffering from heel pain, bunions, or hammertoe, you should know that the solution can be found at any one of our six offices in the North Houston, Texas area. If you have any questions, or if you would like to request an appointment, contact us or call us at (281) 444-4114 today!