Diagnostic Foot Ultrasound
At the Sussex Foot Centre, we have recently invested in a Diagnostic Ultrasound Machine so that we can continue to offer the very best services in podiatry care to our patients. We are one of only a few podiatrists in Sussex to provide this service, as we believe that diagnostic ultrasounds are essential for ensuring patients receive effective treatments more quickly.
Our new machine has made a huge difference to the effectiveness of the treatments we provide, as it has been able to help identify a wide range of foot and ankle problems.
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What is Diagnostic Ultrasound?
A diagnostic ultrasound is an imaging method which uses high-frequency sound waves to accurately produce images of structures within the body. It is most commonly used when viewing a foetus during pregnancy, but it is also used throughout medicine to investigate and identify a wide variety of diseases and conditions.
It is also sometimes referred to as a ‘musculoskeletal’ ultrasound, which simply means that it produces pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints within particular areas of the body. It is an imaging technique that is particularly useful when identifying lower limb related conditions, such as:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Torn tendons
- Ligament injuries
- Stress fractures
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Foot or ankle-based Arthritis
- Bursitis or capsulitis
Ultrasound Guided Injection to Foot
Once a musculoskeletal ultrasound has pinpointed a specific issue, a diagnostic foot ultrasound injection will often be used to ensure that treatments are accurately administered. Using our ultrasound equipment, we can guide injections of cortisone to the exact location that’s causing pain, helping to ensure the effectiveness of our treatments.
What are the main reasons to get a foot ultrasound?
Diagnostic foot ultrasounds are performed for a variety of reasons. From minor issues, such as pain and discomfort, to more serious problems, like tumours and cancers, an ultrasound foot scan can help identify a number of issues. They can even spot arthritis in the foot and ankle, due to the swelling that the condition causes.
Here are a few other problems that foot scans can help detect:
- Reduced Movement
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Plantar Fibromatosis
- Plantar Fibroma
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Tumours and Cancers
What happens during a diagnostic foot ultrasound?
Before the diagnostic ultrasound procedure takes place, you will likely be asked to remove jewellery or clothing from the area being examined. A small amount of jelly-like gel will then be applied to the area causing you pain. This gel is designed to prevent air pockets, which often interfere with the sound waves that are used when developing the images.
Next, a small hand-held device will be moved across the affected area, capturing the picture simply and painlessly. This image will then show on the ultrasound monitor, allowing you to see the inner-workings of your lower limb issue in real-time. At the end of the examination, a member of our team will explain what they found, and talk through any next steps in more detail.
Each test takes around 10 – 15 minutes and is completely pain-free, so there’s no need to worry at all.
If you are struggling with a lower limb issue but are unsure what it is or how to treat it, an ultrasound could make all the difference. To arrange an appointment, please call our experienced team on 01444 453874, or click here.
Are foot ultrasounds painful?
Not at all! Diagnostic foot ultrasounds are one of the safest types of imaging procedures. The process requires minimal patient preparation and has no known risks. It might give you a slightly odd, tickly sensation, but it’s perfectly harmless. Plus, after your issue has been diagnosed, we can work with you on getting it treated effectively.
What are the benefits of ultrasound vs. MRI and CT scans?
Ultrasounds are the cheapest, easiest and quickest of the imaging solutions. CT (Computerised Tomography) scans and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans may offer slightly higher quality and better detailed images, but they are a lot less available and more invasive than using an ultrasound.
Plus, since images are captured in real-time during an ultrasound, they can show the movement of the body’s internal organs and blood vessels. MRI scans tend to be a better choice when detecting cancerous growths and tumours, whereas CT scans are typically more widely used to take detailed images of the brain.
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