The first game of the Premier League kicked off over the weekend and for many English football fans, the new season couldn’t have come around any sooner. Months spent refreshing football Twitter feeds and checking Sky Sports News for breaking transfer stories is the norm for many hard-core fans anticipating the new season. With the new season, there comes new expectations, new players and more importantly new kits (some slightly better than others). But sadly, for many English football fans, one thing that doesn’t seem to change is the football players reoccurring foot and ankle injuries. With this in mind, below are three of the most common foot and ankle injuries sustained by Premier League football players.

Gareth Bale: Ankle ligament rupture

During the 2013 football season, then Tottenham footballer, Gareth Bale suffered an ankle ligament rupture against  Basel  in a Europa League game. The player was then the leading club scorer with 22 goals and after a scan it was revealed he sustained damage to scar tissue from an original ligament injury. Bale was given two weeks off to recover properly and was advised by the club’s medical staff to wear protective footwear during his recovery period.

Wayne Rooney: Ankle Sprain

Back in 2010, England and Manchester United Captain, Wayne Rooney sustained a sprained ankle during a Champions League match against Bayern Munich. The diagnosis at the time had confirmed fans worst fears and he was given up to a month off to recover. This is a very typical injury sustained by footballers because of the nature of the game, with high flying tackles coming in thick and fast and players twisting and turning their ankles whilst running with the ball on a regular basis.

Andy Carroll Sustains Ankle Ligament Damage

Dubbed, one of English football’s most injured players, Andy Carrol’s dream start to his West Ham career turned in to a nightmare, when he tore his left ankle ligaments in a preseason match in New Zealand back in 2014 and was ruled out for four months. Similar cartilage injuries are devastating for many footballers and Andy Carroll was one of the unlucky footballers to have so many similar types of injuries in his career.

What made the injury so devastating was that towards the end of the previous 2012/13 season, the player ruptured the lateral plantar fascia – the thin tendons running along the arch of the foot, fusing the heel to the toes – whilst attempting a header against Reading football club.

Closing thoughts…

Unfortunately, these are just some of the many unfortunate sports injuries we see on a regular basis. However these injuries can be easily sustained by not just footballers but also everyday people undergoing an active sport. Luckily, at our world leading foot and ankle clinic, we provide an extensive range of unrivalled, treatments that will ensure all of our patients successfully recover and get back to playing the sports they love.

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