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Finding the Right Shoe for Beginning Golfers

Wearing golf shoes helps to keep the feet stable and gives the necessary support and balance needed during a swing of the golf club. Beginners to golf may find the task of choosing the right golf shoe daunting. Besides finding a shoe that fits properly, the next most important factor in choosing golf shoes is traction. Two types of shoes are commonly worn, spiked or cleated shoes, and spikeless shoes. In both cases, the job of the golf shoe is to keep the golfer’s feet stable throughout the swing. Shoes with cleats or spikes contain hard plastic rounds that screw into the sole of the shoe. These are replaceable, as they may wear out. Metal spikes are likely to be banned at most golf courses. Non-spiked shoes contain a pattern of ridges, termed traction lugs, that help provide gripping power. These shoes may be more comfortable, but may not be as effective as spiked shoes. To avoid foot and ankle issues that can result from learning to play golf, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for guidance.   

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM from New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hicksville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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