The foot functions completely differently during a game of golf than in any other physical activity. Excellent foot function is the mark of a skilled golfer and poor biomechanics can lead to an inefficient golf swing and potential overuse injuries.
This sport requires contra-lateral foot motion while the golfer is driving, chipping or putting. The foot also moves between maximum supination and pronation during the golf swing. For the treatment of keen golfers, knowledge of these demands and the use of specifically designed orthoses are vital.
In addition to preventing injury, some research also suggests that custom made orthoses could reduce the effects of fatigue associated with playing 9 holes of simulated golf. This is because a more efficient gait pattern allows for a more consistent performance (Stude and Gullickson, 2001).
- Strong Poly-Nyolene shell material – Permits any required biomechanical control
- PPT rearfoot post – Allows the foot to move smoothly through supination and pronation
- PPT arch fill - Provides excellent shock absorption and durability.
- Professional or recreational Golfers
- If your patient already requires orthoses for biomechanical control then it stands to reason that they may also need them while playing golf. However, it is not recommended that they simply transfer their everyday orthoses straight into their golf shoes because the physicals demands on the foot are very different. A custom made orthotic specifically prescribed for their golf shoes would be much more suitable.
- Give appropriate footwear advice. Make sure your patient invests in a pair of proper golf shoes which fit well and are comfortable for walking long distances. Removable insoles may also be beneficial if you are thinking of prescribing orthoses.
- Try a first-ray cut out to give the foot more scope to transfer throughout the golfers swing. This may be beneficial if your patient feels limited while performing this movement.
- Try prescribing a synthetic suede top cover to reduce possible friction during contra-lateral movements.
Stude D and Gullickson J (2001) The effects of orthotic intervention and 9 holes of simulated golf on gait in experienced golfers. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 24(4)pp 279-87.