Diagnostic Foot Ultrasound

At the Sussex Foot Centre, we have recently invested in an Ultrasound Machine so that we can continue to offer the very best and most innovative services in Podiatric care for our patients. We are one of only a few podiatrists in Sussex to provide this service. We believe that diagnostic ultrasound is essential for ensuring patients receive effective treatment as quickly as possible.

Our new machine has made a huge difference to the effectiveness of the treatments we provide. It has helped us to identify a wide range of foot and ankle problems which would have otherwise been nearly impossible to diagnose.

Book Your Diagnostic Ultrasound Appointment for £60.00 (includes Podiatry Consultation)

What is Diagnostic Ultrasound?

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:

Ultrasound Guided Injection to Foot


Once a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound has pinpointed a specific issue, a foot ultrasound-guided 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 diagnostic foot ultrasound?

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 scan of the foot can help identify a number of issues. They can even spot arthritis in the foot and ankle, due to the swelling and inflammation that the condition causes.

Here are a few other problems that foot scans can help detect:

  • Tears
  • Discomfort
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
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  • Reduced Movement
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fibromatosis
  • Plantar Fibroma
  • Arthritis
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Tumours and Cancers

What happens during a diagnostic foot ultrasound?

Before the Ultrasound imaging 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 diagnostic foot ultrasounds painful?

Not at all!  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 diagnostic ultrasound vs. MRI and CT scans?

Ultrasounds are the cheapest, easiest and quickest 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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Amy's been extremely helpful, informative and lovely to talk to during my foot appointment the last few visits. 100% recommend their services.
Darryl Rebbetts
Darryl Rebbetts
Have had scan and chiropodist treatments and both were carried out with care and I was informed what would be done. I would highly recommend the Sussex foot centre for treatments.
Sheila Stobbs
Sheila Stobbs
I was misdiagnosed by my GP after injuring myself long distance walking. Now I not only know what's wrong with me, but also how to remedy it so I can walk again. Great attention to detail. Thank you 😊
Liz Platt
Liz Platt
Fantastic experience with the whole practice, there’s no where I’d trust more. Originally I went to have one issue sorted out, and have found another to be dealt with alongside. A practice where you feel listened to and taken seriously. Thanks again!
Nikki Martin
Nikki Martin
Had an appointment with Jon Collins about a sore heel. Had a scan on both heels, which was followed by a detailed analysis of the results and an explanation (in layman's terms) what the issue was. Very impressed with his knowledge, how it was imparted and happy with our agreed action plan.
Jonathan Whitnall
Jonathan Whitnall
Over the last 4 years or so, I have visited a number of professionals including physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. I was experiencing recurring injuries in my left knee and hip from sports and from attempting to walk mid-distances. The pain was starting to flare in my back too. I was following the physiotherapists’ advice religiously and attending appointments regularly. However, the programme of exercises tended to make the pain worse rather than better. To add to my frustration, I was also misdiagnosed with a hip condition. In the back of my mind, I always felt there was something biomechanically incorrect in the way I move but I was reassured that was not the case until…..I booked an appointment with Jon at Sussex Foot Centre for a gait assessment. Jon quickly recognised the issue with my feet and their incorrect positioning. I was prescribed custom orthotics and after a few months of perfecting these, Jon then created my semi-permanent pair of orthotics. I have been walking further than I have done and am now back on the courts playing tennis, which I love, and never thought I would be able to do again. The whole team at Sussex Foot Centre are very helpful and efficient. My treatment is ongoing so as long as Jon is a podiatrist, I am his patient :) Thank you for everything!
Katherine Morley
Katherine Morley
I had nail surgery last October and after all this time I can say it was worth it. Jon didn’t rush me into it and gave me all options available, in the end I decided to go for the surgery and Jon made it so easy and everything was explained to me before, during and afterwards. Any questions I had were always answered by Jon or one of his team and put my mind at rest (I’m a bit of a worrier). Can’t thank them enough for helping with something that I had tried to ignore for years.
Gavin Robertson
Gavin Robertson
I highly recommend Sussex foot centre. I booked an appointment for the shoe insoles and Jon was very helpful and professional. He provided a great solution for me and I feel much better since I wear my new insoles. The entire team is also very nice and helpful with booking the appointments around my work schedule.
Michał Piotrowski
Michał Piotrowski
After the NHS screwed up my ingrown toenail operation twice this year I decided to go private and it was the best decision. I was seen really quickly and toes healed within a couple of weeks, highly recommend sussex foot centre.
Lauryn Spink
Lauryn Spink