Foot and Ankle Sprain, Strain, and Trauma

Whether from a sports injury, fall, or accident, suffering a foot or ankle sprain, strain, or fracture can make it difficult or painful to walk.

A sprained ankle or foot occurs when ligaments in the foot or ankle are torn or partially torn. A foot or ankle fracture happens when a bone in the foot or ankle breaks.

Doctors at UT Southwestern have the advanced skills and tools to restore function to your injured ankle or foot. Our doctors treat all manner of foot and ankle injuries, including:

  • Foot and ankle sprains and strains, including high ankle sprains
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Sports-related sprains, strains, and fractures

Why Choose UT Southwestern?

At UT Southwestern, our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physical therapists, and podiatrists works together to create a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient with a foot or ankle injury.

We offer the latest, cutting-edge treatments, including platelet-rich plasma injections and shockwave therapy or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT), and give patients access to clinical trials, when appropriate. Many of our doctors specialize in sports-related injuries, helping athletes fully recover from injury and return to competition.


Symptoms of an ankle sprain or fractured foot or ankle include:

  • Pain that worsens when you bear weight on the hurt foot
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Restricted range of motion or instability


To diagnose the severity of your foot or ankle injury, your doctor will examine the foot and get a history of the injury. He or she may order additional tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the extent of the injury.

MRIs are particularly useful for spotting stress fractures and soft tissue injuries such as ankle ligament sprains. If your doctor determines you have an ankle or foot fracture, he or she may order computed tomography (CT) scans, which offer a comprehensive view of the bones and joints.

Ankle Sprain Treatment

Rest and anti-inflammatory medication are often used to manage foot or ankle sprain pain. Other conservative treatments include:

  • Physical therapy                  
  • Casts or boots
  • Ultrasound and electrical stimulation

Foot and Ankle surgery

Often, foot and ankle sprains and fractures can heal with nonsurgical treatments. Depending on the severity and location of a fracture, surgery may be required.

Your doctor will work with you to determine if your injury warrants surgical intervention. When surgery is needed, we offer minimally invasive reconstruction surgery as well as traditional open surgery.

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 Sprains, Strains, and Trauma