Saturday, 15 September 2007

Best Foot Forward

Until I started learning about football I thought a metatarsal was probably some sort of dinosaur.

Now I know, if course, that they are the five long bones in the foot. They are susceptible to injuries, which are caused by direct trauma (such as stamping or a hard blow), excessive rotational forces or overuse. Treatment involves the use of ice and sometimes a removable plastic cast.

The injury is common in professional footballers and has been on the increase in recent years, a phenomenon attributed to the use of lighter weight football boots. High profile victims include David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Gary Neville. And today, it would seem, Emile Heskey too.

That will be a blow for beleaguered Steve McLaren, especially as Heskey has played such a major part in the recent change in fortune for England.

Unfortunately, even with all players having two healthy feet, Leicester were unable to secure a win today. 1 -1 at home to QPR. What a shame they were not able to replicate Brazil's performance against China today.

1 comment:

Jungle VIP said...

I had read this very informed post last night. Those poor boys and their poor feet. When are the england girls playing again btw ?