New Zealand-born professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd, best known for her multiple appearances on the American reality game show Dancing With the Stars, won’t be able to compete in season 21 following an ankle injury.
The blonde beauty told People magazine that her ankle had been bothering her for some time, and she finally visited an orthopedic surgeon when she realized that “something was not right.” Her surgeon informed her in an e-mail that she would need immediate surgery to correct four torn ligaments in her ankle and a piece of bone floating towards the back of her joint.
If she had ignored her specialist’s recommendation and continued dancing on the ankle, it’s likely that her dancing career would come to a premature end. However, with proper treatment and plenty of rest, Murgatroyd should be able to strap on her dancing shoes in six-to-eight weeks.
Heartbroken, Murgatroyd tweeted the news to her fans on Monday, August 31. “I learned that my ankle injury is at a stage that needs surgery immediately. I’m so sorry but I have to step out of Season 21 of DWTS.” The announcement echoes the sentiments expressed by professional and amateur athletes and performers alike who must take time off to recover from an injury.
Still, Murgatroyd looks forward to a future free from pain. “This is obviously one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made and I seriously struggled with the idea of not being able to dance, but I know my health does come first, and the sooner I get this done, the sooner I can be back in the ballroom for all of you!”
The staff at UFAI will miss Ms. Murgatroyd’s fancy footwork on primetime this season, but we applaud her commitment to resting her ankle and giving herself plenty of time to heal. Although many torn ligaments can be treated non-invasively with rest, ice, compression bandaging, and elevation, some connective tissues are just too damaged to heal on their own. Such severe injuries require one of two types of surgery, either to tighten up the torn ligaments and re-attach them to the bone, or to replace the damaged ligaments with other tendons nearby.
Skipping out on surgery in this situation spells bad news. If the ankle is structurally unstable, continuing to put weight on it could cause long-term problems. The injury could fail to heal properly, weakening it and creating opportunities for further injury.
Fortunately for dancers and athletes, there are some ways that you can reduce the likelihood of tearing ligaments in the ankle. You could use a wobble board or a mini-trampoline to strengthen the muscles on the outsides of the ankle and improve balance. Your foot and ankle specialist can also show you stretches and exercises you can perform at home.
Murgatroyd’s partner, 31-year old American singer-songwriter Andy Grammer, who had specifically requested to be paired with her, will have to find a new teammate to finish out the season.
We wish Peta Murgatroyd a speedy and full recovery and hope to see her dazzling moves once again on the next season!
The physicians at University Foot and Ankle Institute are experts in treating traumas of the foot and ankle. They have decades of combined experience and the highest success rates in the country. If you would like more information on foot or ankle injuries, we encourage you to call us at (877) 989-9110 or visit us at www.footankleinstitute.com.
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