We all know that keeping physically fit will lead to better performance both in life and on the golf course, but one often neglected but critically important body part is our feet! After all, they are the workhorses of your body, taking about 5,000 steps a day. Research shows that walking to play 18 holes requires golfers to walk more than 13,000 steps, and even those using carts must walk more than 6,000 steps. We rounded up some tips from the experts at the American Podiatric Medical Association.
If you are a golf sandal enthusiast, remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles.
Exercise your feet – Stretching is a good way to avoid muscle cramps. Stave off toe cramps by raising, pointing and curling your toes for five seconds. Repeat 10 times. Rotating your ankles can also help relax feet. Cup your heel and turn each ankle slowly five times to loosen ankle joints.
Raise your legs – Feet and ankles can swell from sitting too long in one position or if you’ve been on your feet for 18 holes of golf. Elevate your legs to reduce swelling. Lay or sit and lift your legs above your heart.
Massage – Foot rubs not only feel good, but they’re also a great way to release tension, boost circulation and refresh skin after a long day on your feet. Take a few minutes to massage your feet at the end of a day of golf. Use lotion and take care of moisturizing at the same time to help avoid dry, cracked, and irritated skin!
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking water will not only help with overall health but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.
Finally – Wear Golf shoes. Shoes designed specifically for golf provide greater traction, stability, and balance. Elements essential to a successful golf game.