Kelly Osbourne Injures Foot on DWTS

Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter and Dancing with the Stars contestant, Kelly Osbourne injured her foot on live TV last night. At the end of her paso doble routine with partner Louis Van Amstel, Kelly’s shoe bucket caused her foot to hit the floor, injuring it. She finished the routine and even danced in the group Hustle dance, although she did it barefooted. She was seen in the emergency room after the show, and was diagnosed as having a minor sprain and a contusion. Last night she Tweeted: “Thank you much for all the well wishes. It really hurts, but the good news is it’s not broken. It is just gonna be a bit painful for awhile!” Kelly should be back dancing in next Monday’s show.

A sprain is an injury to the ligaments (thick bands of cartilage that connect bone to bone) caused by a fall or outside force that pulls the surrounding joint beyond its normal range of movement. The degree of sprain can range from a stretched ligament to a completely torn ligament. Symptoms include pain with movement,  swelling, bruising, and joint instability. Mild injuries of either type are treated with RICE therapy – rest, ice, compression and elevation. More severe injuries may require immobilization or possibly surgery to restore function.

A contusion is simply a bruise (black and blue mark). Blunt trauma to an area causes the tiniest blood vessels, the capillaries, to break and ooze blood into the surrounding tissue. Pressure from this blood on local nerves causes the main symptom of contusions – pain. Over the next two weeks, the bruise’s color changes to dark red, then purple or black, and eventually fades to yellow and then disappears. The color changes are related to the breakdown of hemoglobin in the blood that has leaked into the tissues.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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