Brook Fordyce, Catcher for the Chicago White Sox
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.
Proper warmup and conditioning will help prevent some foot bone breaks.
Also, proper athletic footwear with support will help prevent this type of
Recovery time varies by severity of the injury and location of the break.
Minor breaks may heal in 2-4 weeks. For more serious breaks, recovery could
take two months.
Catchers are particularly vulnerable to foot breaks, especially while
protecting the plate with a baserunner sliding into him, errant foul balls, and
the like. While catching, though, players often wear a shell-like covering over