Several years ago I suffered a severe break in my left ankle. After years of limping and a change in my gait, I developed a very sore lump on the back of the heel of my good foot. The result of the constant irritation to my â€œgoodâ€ heel led to a condition called insertional Achilles tendonosis. From personal experience, it is very painful and more often than not is corrected by major surgery. The main cause is improper fitting shoes and the two types of athletes who most often develop this injury are runners and golfers.
Ask Fred Couples how important comfortable shoes are. Fredâ€™s been very outspoken about his footwear choices on the course. You want to make sure your golf shoes are a great fit! Here are a few things to remember when making your all important golf shoe purchases:
1. The best time to try on golf shoes is AFTER your round. If your feet swell, trying shoes before your round will result in painful feet by the end of 18 holes!
2. Wear the same type of sock that you normally wear when you play. If you wear thin cotton socks, try your golf shoes on with thin cotton socks.
3. Take a walk around the pro shop. Does your heel slip out of the shoe? Is the shoe tight across the arch? Does the shoe pinch your toes? If so, the shoe doesnâ€™t fit.
4. Think you only wear a size 8 Medium? Ask the salesperson to measure your foot and remember that shoes can fit differently from company to company and from style to style. Some companies offer shoes in â€œsportâ€, â€œtechâ€ and â€œdressâ€ fits. Each style may be a different fit on the same foot.
5. Donâ€™t buy a pair of shoe thinking they will stretch to fit your feetâ€¦Golf shoes are built for rigid support and in most cases wonâ€™t stretch.
6. Do you have a high arch? Ask your salesperson to see a â€œBlucherâ€ style golf shoeâ€¦they are made to fit a wider foot and/or a higher arch.
7. Smelly or sweaty feet? Leather golf shoes are breathableâ€¦golf shoes of man-made materials usually arenâ€™t.
8. Consider the conditions you usually play in. Dawn patrol golfers need a waterproof shoe. Try to give a wet pair of shoes two days to dry before wearing them again. Youâ€™ll extend their life quite a bit by lightly stuffing dry paper towels in them and putting them in a cool dry place until you play again (no, thatâ€™s not the trunk of your car!).
9. If you have painful foot problems like a bunion or hammer toe, you may need to see a specialist and have custom orthotics made. I think the comfort of a custom orthotic is absolutely worth the expense! Our friends at Foot Solutions Easton PA are experts! They offer help for those of us with problems that canâ€™t be overcome with traditional golf shoes.
Disclaimer ***Ok, okâ€¦ I am not a doctor or a foot specialist! Iâ€™ve just been helping golfers select the correct shoe for over 30 years and hope this helps you find a more comfortable fit!