Top Golfer Ankle Injuries
Golf is commonly thought of as a low-contact and relaxing sport with little risk for injury. However, playing golf can be an intense activity, that involves long-distance walking and excessive swinging motions that put your feet, knees, hips and, specifically, ankles at risk for injury. Here are some of the top ankle injuries associated with the sport of golf.
Common Ankle Injuries Suffered by Golfers
- Tendonitis is one of the most common types of ankle injuries golfers can sustain. Strain on the feet can cause your tendons to become inflamed. Golf carts can sometimes be the cause of tendonitis due to players frequently jumping in and out of the cart throughout the game. Symptoms of tendonitis include pain around the ankle and swelling when you move or stretch your foot.
- Neuromas occur when a nerve is scarred. Pronation and tight golf shoes are usually the cause of neuromas. The metatarsal bones are aligned tightly in this position, potentially pinching a nerve and causing sharp pain. If you think you’re experiencing intermetatarsal neuromas, check for the following symptoms:
- Pain, especially around the ball of the foot
- A burning or numb sensation
- Feeling as if there is something inside your shoe or sock around the ball of the foot
- Lateral Ankle Sprains are common in golfers for several reasons. A hard golf swing or stepping into a sand trap can cause your foot to roll at an awkward angle, putting stress on your muscles. The most common symptom of a sprained ankle is immediate pain and tenderness. Over time, the sprain may swell or bruise.
- Ankle Fractures happen when your ankle is harshly rotated, breaking one of the three bones in your ankle joint. This can happen by tripping on the golf course or twisting it during a swing. Signs of an ankle fracture are similar to a sprain and include pain, swelling, and bruising. The biggest difference is that the pain will be immediate and severe, and the fracture can cause your ankle to look deformed.
St. Augustine’s Ankle Injury Treatment Specialists
If you’ve been injured on the golf course, the team at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine is ready to treat your injury, help you regain mobility, and get you back on the links. We’re proud to play a role in helping our patients get back to their daily routines free of pain. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at 904-825-0540 today.