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BUILD YOUR GAME FROM THE GROUND UP

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A powerful, and effective golf swing starts with a stable foundation. From a solid foundation the entire swing can be leveraged and a low handicap status can be achieved. The important but often overlooked foundation, are pain free and well-functioning feet and ankles. While there is a lot of discussion about back, hip and knee injuries in golf, most golf instructors will tell you that the power of a swing is created “from the ground up”.

Injuries to the great toe

At the end of follow through, the great toe of the dominant foot experiences an increase in pressure. This can cause a jamming of the toe into the top of the shoebox. With repetition, the area under the toenail can become injured causing blood to form or the nail to lift from the nail bed. These types of injuries should not be taken lightly. Even though the toe is a small portion of the body, if not treated injuries to this area can cause significant pain, infection and loss of function. Wearing proper fitting shoes and adjustments in the golf swing to prevent the irritation of the nail is necessary to eliminate recurrence.

Ankle Instability

Stability is an important factor in performance in both accuracy and distance, and is also a contributor to the amount of power generated. The lower body needs to be the stable foundation for the upper body during the rotation required for the backswing and the trail foot is expected to remain relatively stable during this rotation. The lateral, or outside of the ankle is a common site of injury for golfers and other athletes alike. Repetitive strain will cause laxity of the lateral ankle ligaments and predispose that ankle to easier spraining. Sprains of the ligaments can lead to weakness and a lack of stability in the golf swing and while walking on the uneven terrain of a golf course.

Golfing is a highly coordinated sport that, by its nature, is associated with risk of repetitive motion injuries. Being intentional about maintaining good foot form and taking care of a stable foundation can keep golfers free of injury and enjoy years on the course.

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Dr Jemaar Graham is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Podiatrist at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates treating all related problems related to the foot and ankle with both surgical and conservative modalities. He joins the mission of SOA to get his patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.

THE DOCTOR IS IN: Getting to Know Dr Graham

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Dr Jemaar Graham is a Board Certified Podiatrist and trained to treat all problems related to the foot and ankle with both conservative and traditional modalities. He is a native of Lakeland, FL and joined SOA in May. We’re pleased to welcome him to our family and asked him to give us some insight into what motivates him.

What inspired you to become a physician? I’ve wanted to be a physician since early childhood. I accompanied my mother as she was seen by a podiatrist while I was in elementary school. After the nurses that worked there gave me a tour of the clinic, I knew it was what I wanted to do. In the following years I shadowed other Podiatrists, and studied bio-physics and knew Podiatry was a great fit for me.

Why orthopedics? I enjoy working with my hands and have an interest spatial reasoning. In many ways orthopedics is like being a carpenter. Thinking in three dimensions, solving problems and putting broken pieces back together again was much more attractive to me than other medical specialties.

What do you love most about your job? Seeing the relief on patient’s faces after treatment. There’s a sense of hope and restoration that comes from patients when overcoming something that was ailing them; it’s an honor to contribute to that.

What is your biggest challenge? Insurance companies and costs. There are many ways we as physicians could better treat patients if costs and payments were such an inhibiting factor.

If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be a: Radiologist…maybe. Imaging and interpretation are a fascinating part of patient care. I think I would grow bored though

Your proudest moment? Seeing my daughter thrive and do well in anything she sets her mind to.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled? Why? Ghana. It was a blessing and honor to see the country of ancestors that is still filled with so much love and contentment.

Any hobbies? Activities? Photography

What’s your next adventure? Becoming a father of two daughters

Your guilty pleasure food? New York style cheesecake or red velvet Learn more about Dr Graham here. You may also make an appointment through our website or by calling 941-951-2663. Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has three locations and offers same day/next day appointments when needed.

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