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 quick 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 near impossible to diagnose.

Book Your Diagnostic Ultrasound Appointment for £50.00 (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 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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I was in so much pain with my right foot because I got a cyst in it and just found Sussex Foot Centre in google and called them for booking appointment. The person I talked with was so helpful and they offered appointment on the same day. Everybody working at this place were so friendly and experienced. At my first appointment I had a consultation with ultrasound scan and clearly described me the next steps what would solve my problem and it really reassured me because I was so scared and tired from the pain and for long waiting time on GP referrals. For the treatment, I got an appointment on next day (again so fast!!) and already when I came out from the Centre could walk much better and the pain disappeared. I am so grateful for them and still going back for regular checking and advices. I also having issues with my nails too and I am sure I could get a quick solution on those issue too! Everybody having issue with their foot please don't hesitate to get in touch with Sussex Foot Centre - just give a try and I am sure you will don't disappoint! For me honestly was a life-saver. Thank you so much!
Tundi Bodi
Tundi Bodi
Highly recommended due to efficient, spotless, courteous staff with on time treatment. You could take a good step forward by using this team.
Brian Beesley
Brian Beesley
Excellent podiatrist- knowledgeable, professional, caring and quick. Thanks!
Murdo Guy
Murdo Guy
I can't thank this gentlemen enough. Pain in my foot had effected my whole life, no running, no water aerobics no tai chi and most of all no work as I'm a cook. Scan first visit, problem located plan worked out, return week later double appointment as we live hour away. Another scan, walk on treadmil, insole made...meanwhile he explained everything, so I could understand. I. Very impressed with the whole experience, and would recommend them to anyone
lyn murphy
lyn murphy
I have had toe nail surgeries with the Sussex Foot Centre and both times have had very positive experiences. Jon provided excellent treatment and care during the surgeries and in the follow up post surgeries. Jon and Thomas were professional and friendly and they have been so flexible and accommodating with scheduling appointments, as well as providing quick responses by email and telephone. I would recommend the Sussex Foot Centre. Thank you so much!
Josephine Zamat
Josephine Zamat
Jon Collins and team provide excellent patient focused, customer focused care. I have not met a better podiatrist than Jon in over 30 years in healthcare management and 10 years as a patient. As you step into reception you are welcomed with both smile and greeting. Even though it is a busy practice, changes in appointment are politely and readily managed. Forgetfulness and a missed appointment are taken in their stride! I attended first as an ”emergency” patient, three years ago. I was at the local hospital and the Sussex Foot Centre was suggested. I was seen the same afternoon. After months of hobbling, Jon treated my foot with professional skill, exuding warm reassurance. Regular attendance and treatment ensured rapid improvement. The specially created insole proved to be a boon. I have remained with Jon as my podiatrist for three years now. I can think of no reason why I should go elsewhere. I have no hesitancy in recommendinng him. When my GP asked me why I go over to Haywards Heath, my reply was that he is the best.
Malcolm Boyland
Malcolm Boyland
The treatment and service from Sussex Foot Clinic was excellent and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Over the counter and home remedies had failed miserably. Investing in some professional treatment and following it through diligently was well worth it. Thank you Jon.
E M Drake
E M Drake
I found The Sussex Foot Centre via Google and what a find! I started seeing Jon last summer with painful Plantar Fasciitis in both feet. With Jon’s knowledge, non invasive treatment and orthotics, I am so grateful to him for my pain free feet now! Jon and his team are so helpful, with total professionalism and extensive knowledge - I have learnt so much! Tom on reception is also so very friendly and efficient. Keep up the amazing work you all do.
Lisa Bailey
Lisa Bailey
A first class service. A friendly, highly professional medical approach . I have had effective, pain-free treatment for my footcare. Highly commended.
Ollie Swan
Ollie Swan