Golf is certainly a popular physical activity, enjoyed by millions around the world. They get involved in it as competition to earn money, they get involved in it to raise their fitness and they play golf for the interpersonal relationships that happen around the activity. The only real downside to golf is usually that eighteen holes may be demanding. Difficulties of the lower back and the feet can occur. The action of your golf swing does put a great deal of twisting strain over the spinal area and the activity of walking the eighteen holes can certainly put a great deal of strain on the feet. Commonly these issues are very manageable and do nothing at all to decrease the health and fitness and social advantage of playing golf.
The case of the role of podiatry in golf was covered in a recent edition of the podiatry chat, PodChatLive. This was broadcast live on Facebook and is now also on YouTube plus the audio version as a podcast on Spotify and iTunes. The show is hosted by Ian Griffiths from England, UK and Craig Payne from Melbourne, Australia and they typically have on a guest every week to talk about a theme. The week of the golf edition they had on no expert because one of the hosts, Ian is a bit of a golf tragic and he is really familiar with the sport and taking part in it as well as treating those who play golf that develop foot and ankle conditions. They discussed the actual demands that golf places on the feet and the ways that golfers can reduce that. They discussed the importance of the footwear which golfers make use of and how to thoroughly guide golfers on that. By far the most important part of the episode ended up being the conversation around the amount of pseudoscience that has crept into golf. Such as the usage of the power bracelets along with foot supports that permit you to hit the ball more.