Wednesday, 26 June 2024 12:35

Paddle Taps Partners with Columbus Podiatry to Keep Pickleballers on the Court

pickleball 002 isLocal pickleball club, Paddle Taps (, has announced a new partnership with Columbus Podiatry to provide foot care services to its members.

Paddle Taps is a one-stop shop for all things pickleball, offering indoor courts, lessons, memberships, leagues, a restaurant, bar, and pro shop. This new partnership will ensure that pickleball enthusiasts in Columbus can maintain their foot health and keep playing the sport they love.

Columbus Podiatry is a podiatric practice located at 117 Lazelle Road East, Suite B in Worthington/Columbus. They offer a variety of podiatric services, including treatment for sports injuries, heel pain, bunions, orthotics, and any other foot and ankle ailments Paddle Taps members will have access to high-quality foot care services.

In short, Paddle Taps and Columbus Podiatry have partnered to keep pickleballers in Columbus healthy and on the court!

From Backyard Fun to National Craze: The Rise of Pickleball and How to Keep Your Feet Happy Playing It

Pickleball, the sport with the curiously delightful name, has been surging in popularity in recent years. But what are its origins, and how can you enjoy this fun activity while keeping your feet healthy?

A Brief History of the Paddle
Believe it or not, pickleball wasn't invented for professional athletes. In 1965, on Bainbridge Island, Washington, Joel Pritchard, a businessman, sought a backyard game to entertain his family. With badminton equipment unavailable, Pritchard and his friends improvised, using ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball on a badminton court with a lowered net. The result? Pickleball! The name's origin, however, remains a delightful mystery.

Health Benefits and Foot Care Tips
Pickleball's popularity stems from its accessibility. It's easy to learn, fun for all ages, and provides a great workout. The constant movement improves cardiovascular health, reflexes, and balance. But like any physical activity, proper foot care is essential.
Here are some tips to keep your feet happy on the court:

  • Supportive Footwear: Choose well-cushioned shoes designed for court sports. They'll provide shock absorption and support for the quick starts, stops, and lateral movements pickleball demands.
  • Maintain Good Form: Proper footwork is crucial. Focus on keeping your knees slightly bent and avoid landing flat-footed. This reduces stress on your joints and ankles.
  • Stretch It Out: Before and after playing, take time for dynamic stretches that target your calves, ankles, and feet. This improves flexibility and reduces the risk of injuries.
  • Listen to Your Feet: Pain is a sign something's wrong. Take breaks, adjust your playing intensity, and see a doctor if pain persists.

So, grab a paddle, lace up your court shoes, and give pickleball a try! With a little attention to foot care, you can enjoy this fun and healthy sport for years to come.

Columbus Podiatry & Surgery is here to help you get active and stay active!

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