Fracture & Football
One of the most common injuries in football
is the metatarsal fracture. This kind of injury has been very
common in football in the past 5 years. Several high- profiled
footballers suffered from the same injury- David Beckham,
Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, and Steven Gerrard. The anatomy
of the foot will however help us understand this injury better.
Metatarsal bones are long and slender bones
found in between the Tarsal bone and the Phalanges. There
are 5 Metatarsal bones in each foot. These bones act like
a rigid lever in the propulsion of the ankle and the foot.
It also acts like a flexible structure that will help in balance
and holding up the entire body.
Metatarsal fractures are caused by direct trauma from a tackle,
overuse and excessive rotation. Bone injuries like this are
very common since there is only very little soft tissue that
protects the top of the foot.
Four anatomic segments divide the fifth metatarsal. These
are the base, the junction, the shaft, and the neck. Several
fractures can be made out of these segments.
A fracture of the fifth metatarsal is the most common of metatarsal
injuries. This results from the twisting of the ankle. This
kind of fracture doesn't need to be surgically repaired. Walking
immediately in a removable plastic cast is usually advised.
Metatarsal fractures can be caused by overuse. It is common
in younger footballers. A stress fracture will eventually
turn into a full fracture when the pain in the foot region
worsens. The stress fracture of the 2nd metatarsal heals well
while the healing of the stress fracture of the 5th metatarsal
can cause severe problems.
How Do We Know It's Metatarsal
Severe foot pain and difficulty to walk usually
entails a metatarsal fracture. Swelling may also be evident
and bruising will appear after1-2 days.
How Do We Treat Metatarsal
The patient should head directly to the emergency
room for treatment if a metatarsal fracture is suspected.
The doctor will confirm the diagnosis with an X-ray. Ice therapy
and medication is ideal to reduce swelling and limit pain.
Reusable ice packs for metatarsal fractures
The terminal treatment for this injury varies
on the type and condition of the fracture. Alignment and treatment
with an immobilization cast is greatly recommended with fractures
caused by direct trauma.
A removable plastic cast is used for stress fractures of the
2nd metatarsal and rotational fractures of the 5th metatarsal.
However, many orthopaedist advocates surgically repair the
fracture. This method will allow the patient to resume football
activities possibly after 6 weeks.
How Do We Prevent A Metatarsal Fracture?
Not much can be done for a metatarsal fracture,
especially when force is applied to the foot during a traumatic
injury. Yet, it is very necessary to wear suitable footwear
to provide protection to the foot.
Aircast Walkers are used in the treatment of
foot injuries or ankle injuries such as an ankle fracture
and Metatarsal fractures.
High profile players such as Wayne Rooney, David Beckham and
Steven Gerrard have all used Aircast Walkers successfully
following a foot or ankle injury.
What are they?
The Aircast Walker features a lightweight removable
plastic cast with a durable, semi-rigid shell which provides
far greater protection compared to a conventional plaster
The aircast shell is lined with four air cells
for pneumatic support and increased comfort. These air cells
can be custom inflated using the hand bulb for a 'total contact'
fit. This unique method of compression supports the swollen
ankle or foot, which helps to reduce swelling. For this reason,
they are commonly used in the treatment of Metatarsal fractures
and other conditions such as a broken ankle.
One of the main benefits of the Aircast Walker
is that it is much lighter than a plaster cast and allows
a greater level of mobility, making it much more comfortable
and convenient to wear. This allows the patient to be active
and get back to work (depending on your profession).
The Walkers’ rocker sole reduces pressures
through the sole of the foot which allows earlier partial
weight bearing. Controlled weight bearing as instructed by
your doctor also greatly enhances healing and reduces rehabilitation
time, allowing you to get back to your sport.
The other advantage of using the Aircast Walker
compared to the plaster cast is that the patient can take
the cast off and undergo physiotherapy and exercise to prevent
stiffness and reduce healing times. You can also wash your
feet which makes it a much more hygienic and a convenient
method of immobilization following a metatarsal fracture.
Many elite athletes such as Wayne Rooney and
David Beckham have used the Aircast Walkers following a foot
or ankle injury but they can be used by anybody who has suffered
from a metatarsal fracture or ankle injury.
Mend it like Beckham!
- Significantly improve your recovery time and your quality
of life following a metatarsal fracture.
the Removable cast protection and support for metatarsal fractures