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Football Injuries

London Sports Medicine offers a specialist service to patients suffering from an injury sustained during football.

Our team of world-class sports Consultants provide a complete assessment and treatment service. With access to same day advanced imaging including the latest in MRI and CT scanning technology, as well as a one of the country’s best staffed physiotherapy departments our team provides exemplary standards of care for all patients.

Our Consultants treat professional athletes from top clubs around the country as well as sportsmen and sportswomen simply playing football for leisure.

Common football Injuries

Injuries of the knee tend to be most common when playing a high impact activity like football. Typical causes of injuries can be through sudden changes in direction, through jumping or from a poorly timed tackle from an opponent!

Jumper’s knee

Jumper’s knee – also known as patellar tendonitis – is damage to the tendon that attaches to the lower section of the patella or kneecap. It can also refer to injury or inflammation to the upper knee where thigh muscles and tendons attach. Read more about jumper’s knee.

Runner’s knee

Runner’s knee is a collective term for several condition that cause pain around he kneecap, or patella. Although running is the most common source of this pain, it can be related to any activity that involves repeated stress to the knee joint such as walking, cycling, skiing or playing football. Read more about runner’s knee.

Ligament injuries

Ligament injuries in the knee are common, especially for football players. They can occur by themselves or in connection with injuries to other structures including the menisci. Read more about ligament injuries.

Knee hyperextension

Knee hyperextension occurs when the leg excessively straightens at the knee joint putting pressure on the joint. It can happen to anyone but is more common in athletes in high-speed and contact sports and during skiing. Read more about knee hyperextension.

Swollen knee

Swelling in and around the knee joint can be caused by several common conditions.  It can come on gradually as part of a chronic condition or suddenly from an acute event or injury. Read more about swollen knee.

Anterior knee pain

Anterior knee pain is used as a general description for a number of conditions which cause pain at the front (anterior aspect) and centre area of the knee. Pain is often associated with activity and can include patellofemoral pain syndrome, runners knee and jumpers knee. Read more about anterior knee Pain.

Hamstring injuries

Hamstring injuries are prevalent in football and most commonly occur when a player is running or over stretching. There are three muscles of the hamstring, the biceps femoris, semitendinosus, semimembranosus.

Foot & ankle injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are another common injury in football with injuries usually sustained during running, changing direction sharply or direct trauma from a challenge from an opposing player.

Common foot and ankle conditions sustained in football include:

  • Ankle sprain/ fracture
  • Metatarsal sprain/ fracture
  • Lisfranc sprain/ fracture
  • Heel pain
  • Achilles pain
  • Turf toe
  • Stress fractures
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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

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If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 0207 078 3891.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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