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Why perform a foot ultrasound?

Last update: 24 February 2020

Why perform a foot ultrasound?

A foot ultrasound is a medical imaging technique using ultrasound imagery on your feet. This method is frequently used by podiatrists to establish an accurate diagnosis for your feet and ankles. A foot ultrasound is painless, does not involve radiation, is not dangerous and only takes a moment to perform.

 

Foot ultrasound: detect problems before they become worse

 


Foot imaging is a technique used often for cases where your feet hurt and you don’t know why. With an ultrasound, some issues, such as Morton’s neuroma, can be detected.

Morton’s neuroma is a common issue in podiatry. It is a swelling of the nerves in the toe area. This foot condition often causes sharp pain similar to a burning sensation, or the sensation of small electric shocks or swelling. And Morton’s neuroma is more prevalent among women than men.

The only way to confirm a diagnosis of Morton’s neuroma is to perform an ultrasound or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) on your feet.

A foot ultrasound can also be used for other foot issues, such as:

  • detecting plantar fasciitis
  • tendinitis
  • tracking the healing process
  • any other tearing or lesion of the feet.

However, some specific cases require another type of foot ultrasound…

 

Musculoskeletal ultrasound


A musculoskeletal ultrasound is used in more specific cases, where your foot problem involves the ligaments or muscles of the foot. The podiatrist uses this kind of procedure when an anaesthetic must be applied to a foot area and cortisone is used to combat certain problems, such as cysts or bursitis.

While a musculoskeletal ultrasound is used in more specific cases, it is not a complicated operation at all! On average, this type of procedure lasts approximately 15 minutes.

 

Why perform a foot ultrasound?

 

When you’ve been suffering from foot pain for some time, there’s no need to wait any longer!

Consulting your foot care professional to identify the problem can help to avoid many complications. Your podiatrist may tell you that an ultrasound of the foot is required.

Below are some of the advantages that this operation can provide:

  • Accuracy and precision: you will be assured of obtaining the right diagnosis of your feet.
  • In-depth understanding: your podiatrist will be able to clearly explain the situation, and you will have a visual picture of your ultrasound to help you better understand the issue.
  • Proper follow-up: you will have an accurate follow-up of your injuries/illnesses. You will know exactly what to expect to help you on the road to recovery!  

Do you have any worries or concerns about your feet or want to learn more about the benefits of a foot ultrasound?

Contact PiedRéseau to learn more!

 

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