The initial plan was to avoid surgery and treat the injured right foot of rising sophomore Kiah Stokes through rehabilitation. When the foot was not responding as well as the UConn medical staff had hoped, Stokes underwent surgery last Friday at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.
The procedure was done to repair a tear to the peroneal tendon. It is the tendon that helps stabilize the foot and ankle and protect from sprains.
According to UConn athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle, the tendon would not have healed on its own without surgery. Stokes, a 6-foot-3 center, will be in a boot for six weeks. She will come out of the boot only to perform rehabilitation.
“We expect her to begin a gradual return to sport at three months post-op,’’ Ragle said. “As long as her rehab and return to play goes smoothly, we do not expect any problems for (next) season.’’
Stokes, a Big East All-Freshman team selection, averaged 4.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 13.4 minutes in 36 games this season. She shot 60.2 percent from the field and was second on the team in blocks.