Conservative Foot and Ankle Treatments

The foot gives our body a strong foundation so we can stand, move, and walk. When an injury or illness causes pain or weakness in the foot or ankle, it can have a debilitating effect on our lives. Luckily, many injuries such as ankle sprains, plantar warts, and Achilles tendinitis can be treated by conservative methods and may not require surgery.

The orthopaedic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center can treat your foot or ankle condition and get you back on your feet.

After a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of your condition, your orthopaedic surgeon will work with you to determine a treatment plan that is individualized for you.

Your UT Southwestern orthopaedic surgeon will consider surgery only if all conservative, nonsurgical treatments haven’t worked. And no matter which treatment option you ultimately choose, your surgeon is highly trained and able to provide effective, compassionate care.


Pain, swelling, stiffness, or instability in the ankle or foot can be a sign of injury that may require conservative treatment.


Foot and ankle conditions that may respond to conservative treatment include:

  • Traumatic foot and ankle injuries
  • Arthritics of foot and ankle
  • Chronic deformities of foot and ankle
  • Heel pain and injury
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures
  • Overuse injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Turf toe
  • Metatarsal pain and injury
  • Neuroma


Conservative treatments for ankle sprains and foot conditions include:

  • Medications or injections, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids
  • Orthotics, boot walker, custom braces for functional mobilization
  • Physical therapy to restore function, strength, and movement
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections, in which a small amount of blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets; the platelets are then injected into your foot or ankle to speed healing
  • Shockwave or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT) directed into the soft tissue, stimulating blood flow and metabolism, and accelerating healing

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist at UT Southwestern or to learn more about our services, please fill out the Appointment Request form or call 214-645-8300.

Doctors Specializing in Conservative Foot and Ankle Treatments