US Surfer Kelly Slater Breaks Foot During WSL Event

Just hours after being forced to withdraw from the World Surf League event at Jeffreys Bay, champion US surfer Kelly Slater took to Instagram to show off the horrific foot injury he endured during one of his heats.


“I pulled into a barrel this morning and the whitewash bounced the board back into my foot as I hit the close-out, taking all the pressure into the metatarsals,” Slater explained in his post. “Kinda like smashing my foot with a big hammer as hard as I can.”

After a quick review of the x-ray Slater posted, Dr. Borovoy, a podiatric physician at Associated Podiatrists PC, was quick to point out his injuries. “He has a comminuted 4th met fracture with severe displacement, as well as a displaced 3rd metatarsal. He’ll definitely need surgery and be able to stay off of it for about two months,” he adds. “After that, he’ll be looking at a few weeks of physical therapy, too.”

Broken bones, while generally very common and often the result of an accident, tend to have similar symptoms such as pain, swelling, bruising, and the inability to bear weight. The severity of the break, however, will cause those symptoms to vary from person to person, and therefore, should always be looked at by a podiatrist in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis and plan of care.

If you or someone you know believes they may have broken their foot, feel free to contact our office at (248)348-5300 or request an appointment on our website. Our podiatrists, Marc A. Borovoy, DPM, and John D. Miller, DPM, are experts in all areas of foot and ankle care, and will be happy to assist you with any problems you may be experiencing.


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