Sunday, June 16, 2024

Ultrasound of the Foot

An ultrasound of the foot is a diagnostic tool used by Podiatrists to evaluate the condition of the bones, tendons, and muscles in the foot. This test is non-invasive and does not require any radiation. It is often used to diagnose problems such as heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis. 

How Does an Ultrasound of the Foot Work?

An ultrasound machine uses sound waves to create images of the structures inside your body. When you have an ultrasound of the foot, a special probe will be placed on your skin. The probe will send sound waves into your foot, and these waves will bounce back to the probe. A computer will then use these sound waves to create an image of the structures inside your foot. 

What Happens During an Ultrasound of the Foot?

You will be asked to remove your shoe and sock so that your doctor can have a clear view of your foot. The doctor will then apply a gel to your skin and place the probe on your foot. You may feel some pressure when the probe is first placed on your foot, but this should not be painful. The doctor will move the probe around on your foot in order to get different images from different angles. The whole ultrasound should take 30 minutes-1 hour. 

If you are experiencing heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures, or plantar fasciitis, you may need an ultrasound of the foot.

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