What is plantar fasciitis? What causes plantar fasciitis? Every golfer should know the answer to these two questions. If they don’t they can thank us later. There are a lot of misconceptions on what causes plantar fasciitis. While plantar fasciitis can cause mild to severe pain, we recommend following our advice to avoid developing this common injury.
For those who don’t know, plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects your plantar fascia, which is a strong tissue that connects your heel to the front of your foot. This tissue adds stability to your foot and supports your arches. As we’ve talked about in our previous post [link to previous blog post], the stability of your base is crucial to preventing additional injuries, so the health of your plantar fascia is essential for a golfer.
So what causes plantar fasciitis? Usually, this painful condition is caused due to a lack of extension in the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint and ankle dorsiflexion (backward bending or flexion). Your MTP joints are the joints connecting your metatarsal bones (the bones in your foot) and the bones in your toes. When these joints fail to extend properly, your body alters your biomechanics to compensate. This taxes other joints and tissues, including your plantar fascia.
One of the best ways to prevent plantar fasciitis from occurring is to ensure that you understand proper swing mechanics and stance. Fixing your stance can go a long way in preventing plantar fasciitis, as oftentimes plantar fasciitis develops due to straining tissue and joints that are not meant to be strained. Another area to examine is your footwear. Good golf footwear provides support to your arches and helps prevent over-extension.
If you have ever suffered from plantar fasciitis, you know how painful it can be. Fortunately, you can prevent or recover from this uncomfortable condition with our Feel Better Program. This program is designed to help you continue to play pain free golf or to recover and eliminate your plantar fasciitis. The force of your swing puts strain on your joints and tissues. By using proper techniques and training, you can prevent injury. AMPD Golf Fitness has helped countless golfers of all skill levels unleash their swing and get out of pain. Contact us today and reduce your risk of developing painful conditions like plantar fasciitis or CLICK HERE to begin our Feel Better Program.