Nonsurgical 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.

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.

Although we’re surgeons, we don’t consider surgery for every patient. In fact, we only consider surgery if all conservative, nonsurgical treatments haven’t worked.

Nonsurgical treatment options include:

  • Medications or injections, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids
  • Orthotics, cane, or boot walker for functional mobilization
  • Physical therapy to restore function, strength, and movement
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections. 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). Shockwaves are directed into the soft tissue, stimulating blood flow and metabolism, and accelerating healing

No matter which treatment option you choose, your UT Southwestern orthopaedic surgeon is highly trained and able to provide effective, compassionate care.