Sock boffs may have cured metatarsal woes for Rooney and Co.
Published 22:30 11/12/10 By Bill Mills
The cure of the broken metatarsal may be over – thanks to a revolutionary new SOCK.
David Beckham, Michael Owen, Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney have all suffered the injury at critical times for club and country.
But a Derbyshire sports scientist has spent the last five years coming up with a solution. Premier League Wolves are trail-blazing the Metasox, which incorporates a rubber silicon pad over the top of the foot.
Wolves physio Alan Peacham said: “They’re like shin pads for feet.
“We use them as a protection for players who have suffered from foot injuries and we then hit upon the idea of using the socks as prevention.
“It’s not just about players being available for matches – a lot of potential training days are missed through bruised feet.
“A lot of the players have welcomed them. Jelle van Damme wore it on international duty with Belgium.”
The inventor is Chris Niesiolowski, who broke his metatarsal while on the Academy books at Derby.
He went on to take a sports science degree at Loughborough and designed the sock with engineer Dad, Henry. Niesiolowski junior said: “It’s something footballers can wear in training and from the grass roots up.
“Take Rooney. How much does he earn?
“He could be out for two weeks with a bruised foot. This would help to prevent injuries like that.”
Barnsley have also started using the socks while some Premier League clubs have agreed to trial them.