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NHL News: Michal Rozsival’s Horrific Ankle Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015


If you’re not too squeamish, you can see exactly what happened to Chicago Blackhawks’ Defenseman Michal Rozsival’s ankle on Fortunately, injuries where the human anatomy twists up like a pretzel are rare. But when they do occur, the only course of treatment involves surgery and lots of downtime. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, our board-certified podiatric surgeons are adept at handling the most complex injuries, including the gruesome ankle fracture sustained by Michal Rozsival. Rather than pay emergency room fees and wait in long lines, call our office at 212-996-1900 for quick, convenient and professional care.

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We hope this isn’t the last we see of Michal Rozsival after he sustained severe ankle trauma in the Western Conference Finals. Image Source:

 What Happened To Michal Rozsival?

The horrific ankle injury occurred in the middle of the second period of Chicago’s 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in game 4 of the Western Conference Final. Rozsival was part of the Stanley Cup-winning team in 2013, and he averaged 18:34 minutes of ice time during his nine games in the postseason. His absence will undoubtedly be missed, Bleacher Report analysts predicted that the uncanny depth of the team is what carried them to an epic Saturday win.

According to Dr. Michael Terry, “Michal Rozsival suffered a fractured left ankle. […] He will require surgery to repair it. He is not expected to return to full hockey activity until next season.” Dr. Terry later said the surgery “went very well,” and that the hockey player would be back to practicing in 3-4 months. Yet, Yahoo Sports! commentators suspect that “we might have seen the last of him here in the NHL,” given the fact that he’ll be 37 in September and an unrestricted free agent as of July 1st.

What NYC Sports Medicine Doctors Say About Ankle Trauma Surgery

“We don’t want to speculate on the exact nature of Rozsival’s injury,” says Dr. Ryan Minara, a podiatric trauma surgeon at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, “but we have treated fractures involving 360-degree rotations with great success. Sometimes we can externally stabilize the injury — but, more often than not, in these severe cases of trauma, we need to temporarily place rods, screws, or plates in the ankle for stability during the healing process. After surgery, we employ advanced therapies like platelet-rich plasma injections and extracorporeal shockwave therapy to stimulate quicker healing to an area that normally has limited blood flow. Arthritis is a complication for approximately 14% of patients, but after our rehabilitation services, the vast majority of patients are functioning normally a year later.”

Emergency Ankle Care in Manhattan

Many people think of podiatrists instinctively with regard to fittings for custom orthotics, bunion surgery, or in-office repair of an ingrown toenail. When a serious trauma occurs, most people feel the hospital emergency room is the best place to visit for care. However, the long wait times in NYC hospitals force orthopaedic patients to the sidelines, as they are not in danger of death. We take every injury seriously at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Our in-depth knowledge of foot and ankle anatomy and ongoing training in the latest industry advancements offers you an exceptional level of service. Our board-certified podiatric surgeons will get you into a respected local surgical facility like Mt. Sinai Hospital or Beth Israel Medical Center. We don’t just operate and send you on your merry way. We add in-depth patient counseling, complementary therapies, pain management, and rehabilitation to our service. Dr. Ryan Minara, Dr. Katherine Lai and Dr. Josef J. Geldwert work with elite athletes, so we understand your need to get back to an active lifestyle as quickly (and efficiently) as possible. For top-level care, contact us for immediate assistance.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.