At the Sussex Foot Centre, we have invested in a Diagnostic Ultrasound Machine, so we can offer the very best in podiatry care. We are one of only a few podiatrists in Sussex offering this service. We believe diagnostic ultrasound is essential in getting people the treatment they need quickly. It has made a huge difference to the effectiveness of the treatments we offer at the Sussex Foot Centre for foot and ankle problems.
It is our aim to precisely diagnose problems of the feet and lower limbs, so we can begin treatment early and get people better quickly. It can take weeks to get referred by your GP for an ultrasound appointment through the NHS. Getting better can take longer if diagnosis and appropriate treatment are delayed.
What is diagnostic ultrasound?
Diagnostic ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high frequency sound waves to accurately produce images of structures within the body. It is most commonly used to view a foetus during pregnancy, but is also a diagnostic tool used across the medical profession to investigate a wide variety of diseases and conditions.
Typical conditions we can diagnose with ultrasound at the Sussex Foot Centre are:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis or heel spurs
- Torn tendons
- Ligament injuries
- Stress fractures
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Bursitis or capsulitis
Early diagnosis, improved outcomes
With our Diagnostic Ultrasound Machine, our trained clinicians can locate and identify a wide range of soft tissue conditions such as Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, torn tendons and stress fractures. Early and precise diagnosis can make all the difference in recovery time as we are able to accurately treat the problem immediately.
With diagnostic ultrasound we can see the internal structures of the foot and ankle in detail. Sometimes we are even able to see things in ultrasound that cannot be seen in clinical analysis or x-ray. No two people are the same, so diagnosis from physical examination isn’t always 100 per cent accurate, especially if pain is deferred to another area.
With diagnostic ultrasound nerves, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments can all be seen clearly so that foot and ankle conditions are quickly and accurately diagnosed, without patients having to be referred to specialist x-ray centres. Accurate diagnosis means every treatment can be made bespoke to the individual and target the problem more effectively.
Diagnostic ultrasound injections
Diagnostic ultrasound injections are invaluable for precise treatment of certain conditions of the feet and lower limbs. With our ultrasound equipment we can guide injections of cortisone to the exact place that is causing pain, making them much more effective.
Safe and painless
Ultrasound is one of the safest types of imaging tools. The process requires minimal patient preparation and it’s completely painless! There are no known risks. We can give a real time diagnosis which is invaluable for limiting your pain. With quick and precise diagnosis, we can get to work on treating your problem straight away.
What to expect
Before the diagnostic ultrasound procedure takes place, you may be asked to remove jewellery or clothing from the area being examined. Gel is then applied to the area. The gel prevents air pockets, which can interfere with the sound waves used to create the images. A small hand-held device will then be moved across the area to capture the images. The process is simple and painless.
If you would like to know more about how diagnostic ultrasound may be able to help you, please call one of our experienced team who can answer any questions you may have.
34 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH16 4EA