Football is the world's most popular sport. There are over 240 million registered players worldwide and many more recreational football players who play at all levels.
Practitioners at The London Podiatry Centre treat the UK's elite professional footballers and people who play the sport recreationally. As well as consulting for several Premiership football teams The London Podiatry Centre provides specialist podiatric services for the England International Football Squad. Our practitioners have a high level of clinical skill in assessing, rehabilitation and injury prevention with injuries that are associated with playing football.
Most football injuries affect the lower extremities; this is defined as the groin and pelvis, hip and thigh, knee, calf, foot and ankle. Research reports that most acute football injuries are caused by trauma, such as a collision with an opponent or landing awkwardly from a jump and approximately one quarter to one third of other football injuries are due to overuse and develop over time without any history of acute injury. These overuse injuries occur because of biomechanical imbalances which are revealed following in depth computerised gait analysis. With the information from an objective gait analysis, a detailed, tailored treatment and rehabilitation plan can be constructed to help enhance biomechanical function which works to prevent further injury.
Football boots are a key piece of kit for the footballer. The London Podiatry Centre works closely with football boot manufacturers and its practitioners have met and consulted with leading manufactures such as Nike, to help optimise boot design. The London Podiatry Centre can provide specific advice as to which boot is suitable for which player. Football boot modifications are also undertaken and for the discerning player, and semi-customised boot manufacture can be arranged.Practitioners at The London Podiatry Centre are often called upon by major sports news organisations to provide expert comment about sports injury. Watch below the Sky Sports News Interview with The London Podiatry Centre's resident physiotherapist Leanne O'Brien analysing and advising on the ankle injury sustained by Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer Harry Kane.