Podiatric Diagnostic Ultrasound
A foot and ankle ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic exam designed to capture images of the soft tissue surrounding the joints, muscles, and tendons in the foot and ankle. Ultrasounds are safe and provide physicians with images to guide them towards creating an individualized treatment plan. A few common issues foot and ankle ultrasounds can give information for are:
- Injuries to the tendons
- Deep fibular and Tibial nerve damage
- Injuries to the anterior, posterior, medial, and lateral ligaments
- Plantar fasciitis
Suppose you are concerned about a potential injury in the foot or ankle and develop symptoms such as discomfort, swelling, numbness, or burning sensations. In that case, you must contact Global Podiatry right away so that the problem is diagnosed quickly before your condition worsens.
How Does an Ultrasound “Work”?
Diagnostic ultrasound uses ultrasound waves to painlessly penetrate the skin and other tissues to take still images and video of the structures and processes inside the body. The waves pass through the skin and “bounce off” the structures inside the body, sending data to a computer where it can be translated into images.
When are ultrasounds used in podiatry?
Ultrasounds are often used to help diagnose soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains and to manage their treatment. They are also sometimes used in combination with x-rays to provide as much information as possible about diseases, injuries and other conditions to ensure the best possible treatment is administered.
How to Prepare for a Foot and Ankle Ultrasound
There are no specific preparations needed before a foot and ankle ultrasound, but you can do a few things to make the process easier and quicker. It is recommended to dress in clothes that give easy access to examine the area; otherwise, you will be provided with a medical gown. During your ultrasound, a water-based gel will be applied to the foot and or ankle so it is crucial that you let your technician know of any allergies you may have.
If you are pregnant or have had any past surgeries on your foot or ankle, notify your doctor. At Global Podiatry, we want to make your experience easy and comfortable, so if you have any concerns or queries, feel free to ask your physician. Remember to leave any jewelry or piercings or at home.
What happens during a diagnostic ultrasound exam?
Ultrasound exams are usually performed in a darkened room to make it easier for the technician or doctor to see the computer screen where the images are being projected. During the exam, the patient may be either seated or lying down, depending on the area that is being evaluated. A water-based gel is applied to the skin and a unique handheld device called a transducer is passed over the skin surface. The gel helps the transducer make better contact with the skin, so the images that are created are as clear as possible. As the transducer is passed over the skin, it may be pressed firmly into the skin in some locations to obtain detailed images. In podiatry, most diagnostic ultrasounds take about 10 to 15 minutes to perform. Once the examination is complete, patients are able to resume their normal routines.
Are ultrasounds safe?
Yes, ultrasounds do not use any ionizing radiation, and they are safe and approved for use in podiatry and other types of medicine, including obstetrics where they are safe enough to be used to monitor the growth and development of an unborn baby.
Why Perform a Foot and Ankle Ultrasound?
You are on your feet all day, and when suffering from foot pain and discomfort, the problem needs to be identified and tended to right away. As amazing and experienced our podiatrists are, some foot and ankle injuries cannot be detected during a consultation. If your podiatrist suspects something wrong, an ultrasound may be required. Here are some advantages of a foot and ankle ultrasound:
- Accuracy and precision: An ultrasound will detect the issue right away; there will be no guessing in to which the problem might be. This allows your podiatrist to create a treatment plan designed to treat your condition.
- In-depth understanding: It is important that you know exactly what is going on at all times. An ultrasound will clearly show you what the issue is and help you understand it.
- Proper follow-up: You will be able to accurately follow-up on your specific injury. Your podiatrist will tell you what to expect and the process that will need to be taken to help you on your road to recovery.
If you suspect you have a foot or ankle injury or you have worries and concerns about your foot or ankle, contact Global Podiatry today.
Diagnostic Ultrasound – Contact Global Podiatry
Diagnostic ultrasound is an excellent tool that our specialists offer to get the information they need to provide you with the best care possible. We care about each person who walks through our doors, and the health of your feet and ankles are our number one priority. Do not ignore the pain in two of your body’s essential parts; an ultrasound is a fast and easy procedure that will help manage your condition.
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Once we diagnose the issue, our team of certified and experienced medical professionals will provide you with outstanding care and get you back to doing the things you love in no time. So, if you suspect that you may have a foot and or ankle injury, do not hesitate to contact Global Podiatry and start your road to recovery today!