3 of the most common injuries for footballers and how to prevent them
Football is a very popular sport. It draws in plenty of people who play casually, including those who are relatively new to fitness activities. Many teams train and practice on community pitches that sometimes have hidden divots and other uneven patches. The combination of these factors, along with a lack of appropriate foot support can lead to a common football foot injury.
If a player overstretches the ankle joint, the ligaments that surround it can be stretched too far, causing pain, inflammation and instability. In the worst example, the ligament can be completely torn, although this only happens in severe cases. You can help to prevent this common football foot injury by warming up well before training and matches, and by using performance sports insoles to provide additional support to steady your feet and ankles during play. Treat an ankle sprain with rest, apply ice packs to the area and elevate the joint where possible.
There are many small and fragile bones in the feet. When feet are put under repeated stress from running, kicking and jumping they can suffer fractures. They can sometimes occur through unexpected impacts like collisions or tackles. Be deliberate about doing foot strengthening exercises to encourage your muscles to provide support for the bones and wear protective shoes that will help absorb impacts. A metatarsal fracture will take some time to heal, so if you suspect you have one, keep the weight off your foot and seek medical advice.
Footballer’s ankle is another common football foot injury. It is generally developed through overuse and exertion of the ankle joint. When ligaments and tendons thicken through repeated use and possible inflammation, they can become pinched between bones, usually around the ankle. This is understandably very painful. Prevent footballer’s ankle by stretching and warming up well before training, avoiding sudden increases in exercise intensity or duration, and taking care to reduce impacts to the ankle where possible. If you have footballer’s ankle, rest as much as you can. Playing through this injury can lead to it worsening over time and you may need surgery to correct it.
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Ankle problems can be caused from running either too far or running on hard surfaces, reduce your distance and run on softer ground. Strengthening exercises of the ankle can also help but ensure that the exercises you preform are safe and effective, it should be performed under medical supervision. Talk to your clinician about what is best for you. Do not ignore pain, you should not feel pain during an exercise.
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