Chelsea’s Captain, John Terry has been ruled out of the English Premier League’s top table clash with Liverpool after suffering strained foot ligament damage. The solid defender picked up the foot ligament injury in the final minutes of Chelsea’s draw with Swansea, which means Terry will now be out of action for at least ten days!

Sadly, many footballers’ foot ligaments are at a high risk of sustaining this type of sports injury. This is because the ligaments in footballers’ feet regularly sustain strain and trauma as they twist and turn their ankles on the pitch whilst playing the game at a high intensity. But this type of injury can be sustained by not just the players but also the supporters. It’s true!

As the English Premier League season begins, it’s highly likely that many supporters will also be playing football (albeit at a slightly less intensive level) whether in a park, five-a-side court or on full size pitch and running the risk of sustaining a similar injury to the one sustained by John Terry. So before you put on your favourite team’s jersey and search the house for your football boots, take a moment to read the following article on how you can easily strain your foot ligaments on a football pitch and what you should do if this happens:

What are ankle ligaments?

To begin with, your ankle is the joint axis between the leg and the foot, allowing you to move freely. Your leg bones known as the tibia and fibula create a space, where the foot bone (talus) fits in. Ligaments are made of robust strands of fibrous tissue known as collagen.

The Deltoid Ligament

The deltoid ligament is located on the inside of your ankle. In some exceptional cases when a person suffers severe ankle bone fractures they can sometimes tear this ligament. This has happened to some Premiership footballers in recent seasons.

The lateral Ligament

The lateral ligament can be found on the outside of the ankle. The ligament consists of three single strips. The anterior talofibular ligament, calcaneofibular ligament and lastly, the posterior talofibular ligament. Many footballers can sprain these types of ligaments in a football match by over stretching, twisting or sustaining impact via a tackle.

How can you injure your ankle ligaments whilst playing football?

When you play football, you can injure your ankle ligaments just by twisting or turning your foot inwardly. When you do this, your entire body weight is forced on the outside ankle ligaments. This puts a lot of pressure on the ligaments and sometimes, tiny bone fragments can even chip off when sustaining an ankle ligament injury.

Many more severe football ankle ligament injuries can result in broken ankle bones, badly sprained or torn ankle ligaments and even injured ankle tendons.

Healing Process

After successfully treating all of my UK patients, many ask me how long the healing process will take before they make a full recovery. Encouragingly, although ankle ligaments can be injured more than any other joints when playing football, the good news is that they often heal after a tear and will return to their original condition.

Our range of world-leading treatments include physiotherapy, Tecar therapy and kinesio taping, which successfully helps return a patient to an active lifestyle. After treatment, we always suggest a rehabilitation period to help a patient get used to their ankle mobilising again through a series of dedicated training exercises.

Because the success rate of our procedures is so high, the probability of a patient’s ankle yielding is extremely rare and effects only around 15-20% of all ankle ligament injury procedures. Nonetheless, should this rarity happen then we would follow up with a surgical procedure.

Lastly…

You don’t have to be John Terry to sustain an ankle ligament injury whilst playing the beautiful game. Anyone playing football can injure their ankle ligaments. Luckily, at our foot and ankle clinic, we have successfully treated many UK patients unable to receive the same level of service and quality we offer in Italy regarding our range of unrivalled, non-invasive treatments. Visit our foot and ankle clinic today and see for yourselves why so many UK patients are flying over to receive our successful foot and ankle treatments.

John Terry photo thanks to: Mitch Gunn / Shutterstock.com