Yikes! It sounds like Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy will dance on Monday's Season 14, Week 7 Performance Show, but he does not have happy feet.
Maks updated fans today in his TV Guide blog: "First, I want to get you up to speed on my injury," he wrote. "Yes, I had an MRI on Tuesday on my foot. I have a lot of pain in my joints and ankle area. It's not pleasant and I was hoping that there's something that I could do to get rid of the pain. My doctor, who's one of the best foot specialists in the world, warned me that I might not be able to continue if there's a chance my injury could get worse. Luckily, I got the results back yesterday and he said I could continue, but I have to rest it as much as I can. It was completely not what I thought it was. He said, 'You should continue, but don't use your foot too much.' I'm like, 'It's not Sitting with the Stars!' In all seriousness, I am trying to rest it and take it day by day because I don't want it to get worse. My doctor understands the profession and he is a little more in depth when it comes to treatment for those who don't have the opportunity to stop what they're doing. Right now, I'm hoping I will feel better by Monday."
Maks said his brother, DWTS pro Val Chmerkovskiy, is going to come into Argentine Tango and team dance rehearsals with Melissa Gilbert until Maks sees how he feels. "I'm happy I have the green light right now, but I'm a little worried. The range of motion that we do with our feet is so great. It's not just walking, which is painful in and of itself. There's also a machine called a bone simulator that's supposed to expedite the process. I think if the pain doesn't go away by Monday, then I'm gonna get a shot. The problem is, with this type of aggravation in the bone, the shot might make it worse. We'll see how it is."
Maks said we should expect to see and hear more about the injury during Monday's show. "I don't want to milk stuff like this," he added. "If production decides to put in cameras in my MRI office, I can't do anything about that. I think with these types of activities, injuries are normal. It's nothing to highlight. Unfortunately, if I tell producers that I might be able to continue, that's why they have to be present, so the audience can see what's going on."
Read Maks' full blog for more. If for some reason he has to sit out Monday’s Classical Week show, he would not be the first pro to take a sick day.
Source: TV Guide