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Podiatry in Sports: Senators shut down Kyle Turris due to high ankle sprain

The Ottawa Senators announced Monday that center Kyle Turris will be sidelined indefinitely due to a high ankle sprain.

“It’s been frustrating,” Turris told CBC Sports. “I’ve just been trying to help out in any way I can and we just kind of came to the determination that it’s hard to get around the ice now and made the decision to get better.”

Turris was initially injured Dec. 5 in a game against the New York Islanders when he got tangled with Casey Cizikas. He played the next night, but as time went by it became clear that the injury was holding him back.

“I was just trying to help the team any way I could and obviously in terms of production I wasn’t doing that very well,” said Turris. “I was just trying to do anything I could.

“It was just trying to tolerate what was there and getting through it. It just sort of progressively got worse and more fatigued and tougher to get around the ice to the point we’re at now.”

Turris, who has 30 points in 57 games this season, has recorded just two goals and six assists since sustaining the injury, including a 26-game goal-scoring drought.

When a high ankle sprain occurs, there is the potential for several structures to be damaged. These include the syndesmotic ligaments that connect the tibia to the fibula, as well as a tissue known as the interosseous membrane.

At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 30 years of experience, has seen numerous high-ankle sprains throughout his tenure in medicine and can offer some insight into Turris’ situation based on the information currently available.

High ankle sprains are described as high because they are located above the ankle. They are caused by an outward twisting of the foot and ankle and comprise approximately 15% of all ankle sprains.

According to Dr. Goldbaum, the severity of this injury often depends on how many of these structures are damaged and recovery times can vary from a few weeks to a few months.

High ankle sprains are graded on a scale of 1–3 based on their severity:

Grade 1 (Mild): In mild cases, the ligaments are somewhat stretched, resulting in joint stiffness, muscle weakness or tightness with reduced balance and joint awareness. It takes approximately six weeks for ligaments to heal from a Grade 1 sprain.

Grade 2 (Moderate): In moderate cases, there is significant ligament stretching and sometimes partial tearing. It is far more painful than a mild sprain and can make it difficult to walk. A recovery time of 6 to 12 weeks can be expected.

Grade 3 (Severe): In severe cases, the ligament can completely rupture. There is severe swelling, extensive bruising, and immense pain felt with a Grade 3 sprain. In most cases, a patient will need a screw inserted into their ankle to stabilize the area while it heals. A recovery time of 3 to 6 months can be expected.

As a rookie, Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall missed eight weeks with a high ankle sprain, prematurely ending his season. Last year, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray missed approximately three weeks with a high ankle sprain of his own.

Given how much time he has already missed, it’s possible that Turris is either suffering from a Grade 2 sprain or that he simply kept re-aggravating his Grade 1 sprain by attempting to play through the injury over the past several weeks.

With a little over a month left in the regular season, it’s more than likely that Ottawa, which currently sits five points back of Pittsburgh for the final wild card in the Eastern Conference, will finish the season without Turris.

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