Snow Bowl 2011 – Snow, Ice, & Ankles

Many thought the days of a Super Bowl with snow and ice may have died with the 1985 blizzard that the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played in. With the move of this big event to warmer climates the last few decades, it is quite a surprise to see Dallas covered in snow! Apparently, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers thought they would bring their home weather with them.

The precipitation that covers Dallas is only a quarter of what recently fell in the upper Midwest around Chicago. What the precipitation was missing in quantity, it made up in its ability to cause problems. Hundreds of flights had to be canceled up in Dallas. Even our own UT Austin and public schools closed this Friday due to the acclimate weather that has struck throughout Texas. As you try to conduct your daily business, it is important to tread carefully. The warmer days this weekend will hopefully rid us of the troublesome white stuff, but the cooler temperatures at nightpi may leave us with patches of slippery ice.

It is conditions like these that are primetime for ankle injuries. A slip on ice can easily twist or tear ankle ligaments. If enough force is applied, such as a fall, there can even be bone breaks. It has been reported the Steelers center, Maurkice Pouncey may be sidelined for this big event due to an ankle fracture. While he received his injury during a game, it can show you how serious these injuries can be. He has played hard the whole season only to be sidelined for the Super Bowl. Take care when you are out in Austin the next few days and if you run into any problems, make an appointment at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists.

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy, Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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