Henderson: I'll be in pain for the rest of my career

The Reds midfielder has a chronic heel issue which has kept him out of the team for several months, and has opened up about the setbacks he has suffered in recent months
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is resigned to playing in pain for the remainder of his career due to a chronic heel injury.

Henderson has been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis – a form of continuous heel pain – and has seen a number of specialists regarding the problem, while he also broke a metatarsal in his right foot earlier this season.

The Reds midfielder admits that he has grown tired of the problem, and says that he must now simply manage the pain instead of attempting to find a cure.

“It was unbearable every time I planted my foot it was like a burning, stabbing, nerve pain,” he is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

“Even lying in bed there was pain in my foot. It is much better now but there is always that question is it going to come back?

“At times you do get down, especially with this type of injury. With my metatarsal I knew exactly what kind of time scale I'd be out for. You can really focus on each step and what you need to do.

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“But with my heel there isn't a time scale, there isn't really a cure. I've been pretty down about it because we couldn't find the answers. Now I'm at a point where I can function – where I can train and start playing some part in games. Hopefully I can continue like that and it will continue to get better.

“I worried about it quite a lot. I'd go online trying to find different things that maybe someone hadn't seen. It's not that rare, a lot of people do get it. It's just a matter of time before it gets back to normal.”

Jamie Carragher is another who has suffered with the problem and Henderson admits that he has spoken with the former Reds defender about the issue, which can keep players out for between a week to a “few months”.

“I spoke to Carra briefly and we also spoke to quite a few experts and doctors all over the world to try and nip it in the bud,” said Henderson. “A lot of people say keep doing cortisone injections and eventually it will probably just rupture. That might be the relief that is needed.

“People have had a rupture before and been out for a few months, others have been out a week or two and then they are back. That is the problem with it, you don’t really know what you are going to get with it but I just have to keep going and see what happens.

“It’s hard not to be conscious of it. I don’t want it to come back to the pain that it was before. I just need to forget about that and concentrate on playing football.”