An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a common diagnostic tool used by doctors to evaluate the condition of the foot. This non-invasive procedure uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels in the foot. MRI’s are often used to diagnose foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bunions, and stress fractures.
MRIs of the foot are typically conducted as out-patient procedures. The patient lies on a table that slides into the MRI machine. A support cushion may be placed under the ankle to minimize movement during the scan. The technician performing the scan will be able to see and hear the patient at all times during the procedure. The procedure itself typically takes 30-60 minutes.
MRIs are painless procedures. However, some patients may feel anxious or claustrophobic while inside the machine. If this is a concern, you can ask your doctor for a sedative to help you relax during the procedure.
During the scan, you will hear loud thumping and humming noises coming from the machine. You will be given earplugs or headphones to help muffle these noises. You will also be asked to hold very still during the scan so that clear images can be captured.
Once the procedure is completed, you will be able to leave and resume your normal activities immediately. The images from your MRI will be reviewed by a Radiologist who will then send a report to your doctor with their findings.
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