X-rays are a common diagnostic tool for many different conditions. X-rays of the feet are often ordered to evaluate bone fractures, joint problems, and foreign bodies.
A foot x-ray uses a small amount of ionizing radiation to create images of the bones in your feet. The images are then displayed on a computer screen or printed on film. A foot x-ray is usually performed in a hospital or clinic radiology department.
Before the test, you will be asked to remove any jewelry or metal objects that could interfere with the image. You may also be asked to remove your shoes and socks. You will then be positioned so that your feet are within the x-ray machine. A lead apron may be placed over your pelvis or lower abdomen to protect these areas from exposure to radiation.
During the test, you will be asked to stand still while the x-ray machine takes pictures of your feet. The procedure is quick and usually takes less than 10 minutes.
How Should I Prepare for a Foot X-Ray?
You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for a foot x-ray. Just wear comfortable clothing that can easily be removed if necessary.
What Are the Risks of a Foot X-Ray?
Foot x-rays are generally considered safe because they use such a low dose of radiation.
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