The metatarsal region of the foot is one of the most vulnerable bones when playing sports such as soccer, football, lacrosse, and anything involving cleats. Metatarsal bones are the five long bones in the forefoot, connecting the toes to the rest of the foot bones. These are major weight-bearing bones.
Repetitive stress, over-use, twisting, improper footwear or a direct blow to the foot (such as getting stepped on) can result in a fracture. With Metatarsal injuries, as with most acute injures, protection and rest are required, along with ice and elevation. Tests like X-rays and bone scans may be ordered to ensure a correct diagnosis. In the case of fractures, the injured athlete may need a pin or screw inserted to assist the recovery process.
Metatarsal injuries are one of the most peskiest and common injuries that soccer players face. Stars like David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen have all suffered from this injury in the past. While each player made their return in a reasonable amount of time, they usually rushed back to action, playing through pain at less than 100 percent.
Introducing the MediCaptain Sock
As a former soccer player, we are aware of how painful getting stepped on can be. With cleats getting thinner and lighter, the more exposed our bones become in that region. With this rising problem, we wanted to address the issue. Our MediCaptain line of socks include innovative metatarsal padding that protects the metatarsal region for players. It is the first of its kind solution to metatarsal blows. It absorbs and reduces the impact of getting stepped on by opposing players.
We have just launched and so far the feedback has been great. You can get your pair on KickStarter!