Brook Fordyce, Catcher for the Chicago White Sox
NAME: Brook Fordyce
TEAM: Chicago White Sox
INJURY: Broken Foot
OTHER ATHLETES AFFECTED
Football: Yancey Thigpen (Tennessee Titans); Basketball: Summer Erb (NC
State Women); Hockey: Juha Ylonen (Phoenix Coyotes), Todd Reirden (St. Louis
HOW IT HAPPENED
Fordyce broke a bone in his left foot during an intrasquad game on February
29. He is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks. Fordyce said he felt a bone on
the top of his foot crack when he tried running from first base to second on a
pitch in the dirt. Fordyce was taken off the field on a cart, and X-rays
revealed the break.
Fordyce, who signed a $1.5 million, two-year contract with the White Sox on
Nov. 17, is the team's No. 1 catcher. He was selected by the New York Mets in
the third round of the 1989 free agent draft. After coming over in a trade from
the Reds late last spring, the 29-year-old Fordyce played in 105 games with
Chicago. He hit .297 last season, with nine homers and 49 RBI. He threw out 22%
(17 of 78) of opposing base stealers.
WHAT'S A BROKEN FOOT?
This type of injury is usually caused by a fall or an object landing on the
foot, but it could also happen if the foot is suddenly jarred. A break in one
or more bones of the foot, including the injury known as a subtalar
(sub-TAY-lar) fracture, can be very painful. Broken foot bones cause pain,
swelling, bruising, and weakness in the foot. It may tingle or feel numb. If
the bones are broken badly, they may look misshapen, and it may be impossible
One of the most common foot breaks occurs in the metatarsals -- the small
bones between the toes and the top of the foot. Metatarsals are the equivalent
in the foot of the bones in the palm. Stress fractures are common in athletes
and are caused by repeated trauma to a bone. They resemble small cracks in the
bone but can turn into overt fractures, actually severing and displacing the
bone. The navicular bone -- which occupies a position in the foot somewhat like
the keystone of an arch and is therefore particularly vulnerable -- can be
fractured this way, as can the base of the fifth metatarsal.
After a visual examination and questioning the patient, the injury can be
diagnosed with an X-ray of the foot, which will reveal the location of the
If it's a small or hairline fracture, a cast will stabilize the bone and
allow it to heal itself. If it's a bad break, surgery to realign the bones may
be necessary. Often, patients need to wear a cast or splint on the foot,
depending on how bad the break is, and will have to use crutches for a while.
If no splint is required, to reduce swelling it's important to keep the foot
elevated while sitting or lying down. If possible, the foot should be kept
above heart level. Ice should also be applied to the injury for 15-20 minutes
each hour for the first 1-2 days. Crutches are recommended to avoid putting any
weight on the injured foot until cleared by a physician. Then the athlete can
slowly increase the amount of time using the foot, stopping as soon as it
begins to feel painful.