Surgical Options for Foot and Ankle Conditions

The first line of foot and ankle injuries is conservative treatment. But for some patients, only surgical treatments can ease pain and restore function.

When surgery is required, the expert orthopaedic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center perform minimally invasive or open surgeries, based on your needs.


If you are experiencing severe or chronic pain, stiffness, or instability in your ankle or foot, the injury may require surgical treatment.


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

  • Severe foot and ankle deformity, including diabetes
  • Arthritis of foot and ankle
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle instability
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Loose joint bodies
  • Sports-related injuries, such as Achilles tendon rupture
  • Morton’s neuroma

Surgical Treatments

Minimally Invasive Techniques

When foot or ankle surgery is needed, we use the least invasive technique possible. Minimally invasive or arthroscopic surgery has less discomfort and scarring and a shorter recovery time, getting you back on your feet quicker.

Minimally invasive surgery requires a small incision and a tiny camera to be inserted into the surgical site to guide surgeons through the procedure. Small surgical instruments are then inserted through the incision to perform the surgery.

Open Surgery

In some cases, open surgery is required. With advancements in open surgery techniques and technology, incisions are smaller than ever, making recovery time shorter. Our orthopaedic surgeons are highly trained and skilled in performing reconstruction and the most complex surgeries.

Following surgery, our physical therapists meet with you to ensure a complete recovery.

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.

Foot and Ankle Surgeons