With so much strain put onto your feet, ankles and lower legs when playing football, it’s only natural that at some point you will pick up a an injury. These are usually categorised as either acute or chronic injuries, which determine how long the recovery period will be.

Football Foot Injuries

Metatarsal fracture:

A common injury that involves the fracture of one of the five metatarsal bones in the foot. These bones are fragile and susceptible to injury because of the pressure they experience.

Treatment: Anti-inflammatory medicine and plastic casting are used to realign the damage bone. Depending on the severity, it can take several weeks to heal.

Sprained ankle:

There are three varying degrees of sprain that will determine how much pain you experience, and these injuries occur due to the pressure placed on the area and the physical contact in the sport.

Treatment: This is dependent on the severity of the sprain, whether it is first, second or third degree. Some sprains will not require any treatment beyond ice, while more serious sprains can take several weeks and physiotherapy.

Groin Strain:

This is another common injury that occurs from overstretching the adductor muscles located in the inner thigh.

Treatment: Ice will help reduce the pain and swelling along with anti-inflammatory tablets. Mild injuries heal quickly, while more severe strains can take a number of weeks.

Hamstring injuries:

A pull or tear in the hamstring muscle, or a strain, can occur from bursts of sudden activity, or over stretching that can create sudden sharp burning pain in the muscle.

Treatment: Midler forms of the strain only need rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medication. More serious will take longer and involve more rigorous physiotherapy treatment to help the muscle recover.


Treatment will vary for each type of injury and it will depend on how mild or serious it is. If you experience football related injuries on a regular basis, especially muscle related strains, contact us today and our football foot specialist will help to understand the deeper causes and find a routine that will help your body become more robust for the future.