How could this be? Just last week, Hough kicked and broke his own toe during a warm-up routine, then tripped and fell down the stairs on a quest for ice, spraining his other ankle and leaving it with bone bruises. Ouch!
As most of you know, a broken toe and a sprained ankle make dancing pretty tough—but what exactly is a bone bruise? A bone bruise is an injury which typically is the result of a blunt-force impact (like falling down the stairs, in Hough’s case.) It’s not like the black-and-blue marks that appear on our skin after we bump into something; rather, it’s a serious injury: when you have a bone bruise, it means that the fibrous parts of your bone (trabeculae) have been injured and may be bleeding. Not something to stand up and do a fox trot on.
Fortunately for his long-term health, Hough has realized he needs to take a break: “Although I can sort of wobble around, I can’t dance.” For the regular competition, his partner, Nastia Liukin, is working with a stand-in; one can hope that he won’t try anything too daring for tonight’s show, and will just offer his support without trying to get jiggy.Best wishes to Hough for a speedy recovery, and congratulations to the entire DWTS family from the team at Tanglewood Foot Specialists.