Steven Gerrard

Born: May 30, 1980

Occupation: Professional Footballer

Challenges overcome: Club Foot (Talipes Equinovarus)

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Steven George Gerrard, MBE is a professional footballer from Merseyside, has spent his entire career at Anfield so far, making his debut in 1998, cementing his place in the 2000 team and becoming team captain in 2003. He received his MBE in the Queen’s New Years honours list in 2007. Stephen also received an honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in 2008 for his contribution to sport.

Steven’s honours include two FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League, one UEFA Cup, and two UEFA Super Cups. Stephen Gerrard was named Permanent Team Captain for England shortly before the UEFA euro 2012 and ended his international career in 2014 after having won 114 caps. The only football trophy he hasn’t won yet is the Premier League Championship. He is, to date, the only footballer ever to have scored a goal in an FA Cup Final, a League Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final and a Champions League Final.

Steven is leaving Liverpool for the first time in his career to play for LA Galaxy in July 2015.

Challenges Overcome

Stephen was born with clubbed feet, a common birth defect that occurs in 1 in every 1000 births. It affects the feet by causing the person to walk on sides of their feet or their ankles. Many people see Stephen as an inspiration for being so successful despite having suffered club feet as a child.

Disability Definitions

Club Foot (Talipes Equinovarus)

A clubfoot, also known as club foot, congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV), or talipes equinovarus (TEV) is a congenital deformity (present at birth) in which the affected foot appears rotated internally at the ankle – the foot points down and inwards and the soles of the feet face each other.  Approximately 50% of patients with club foot have bilateral club foot (both feet are affected).

The tendons on the inside of the leg of people with club foot are shortened, the bones have an unusual shape and the Achilles tendon is tightened. If left untreated patients often appear to walk on their ankles or on the sides of their feet.


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