Golfer Phil Mickelson Treated for Psoriatic Arthritis in his foot
By Dr. Bruce Theall
September 26, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: neuroma   plantar fasciitis   arthritis   golfers  

Golfer Phil Mickelson was almost not able to attend the U.S Open because he was in such severe pain due to his psoriatic Arthritis.  Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system misfires against its own joints and tendons, causing inflammation and pain.  Redness, warmth, or swelling in the joints is common. It often starts in the end joints of your fingers toward your nails, but it can involve any joint. Psoriatic arthritis may also involve four or fewer large joints in the lower extremities, If this happens in your foot, it is hard to walk and can also affect your golf swing because you need to stabilize your swing with your foot.

When you think of golf injuries, you probably think of back, shoulder, wrist and maybe even knee problems but foot injuries are actually very common and can spoil your good walk. Although golfers aren’t likely to suffer traumatic injuries like in other sports, golf injuries are more likely to be repetitive use injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis which is heel pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia,  Morton’s neuroma which is thickened nerve tissue typically found between the third and fourth toe, and also Big toe bruising and bleeding or also known as Black toenail which comes from putting excessive pressure on their big toe at the end of their follow through when the shoe contacts the nail.

Thankfully all of these problems have solutions that can be treated and or resolved by your Podiatrist after a thorough examination and diagnosis of the exact problem. There are several options that can help from custom orthotics, cortisone shots or for more extreme cases foot surgery to alleviate the pain. Whether you’re a pro, amateur golfer, or mini-golf fanatic, you need to keep your feet in top shape to keep your swing at its best. Dr. Bruce Theall, being an avid golfer himself would be just the podiatrist to see. To schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience contact us at Gentle Touch Foot Care at 973 673-3668. 

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