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Ultrasound Examination of the Foot and Ankle

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Description

Musculoskeletal ultrasonography is a very powerful diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of wide array of foot and ankle problems. Your physician may order an ultrasound or perform the ultrasound in their office to help diagnose your foot problem. Ultrasound is used typically for soft tissue problem, not bone conditions. Some of the foot disorders that ultrasound is used for are the following:

  1. Foreign bodies
  2. Morton's neuroma
  3. Soft tissue masses
  4. Bursitis or capsulitis of the joints
  5. Ligament injuries
  6. Tendonitis or tendon tears
  7. Heel spurs or plantar fasciitis
  8. Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  9. Ultrasound guided injection or aspirations

What is Ultrasound?

Most people know about ultrasound to image a baby or a gallbladder, but it has growing application in musculoskeletal disorders. Ultrasound is based on sound waves. Sound waves are emitted from a transducer probe that is applied to the body and these sound waves will past into the body and then are reflected back to the transducer probe to be recorded. The recorded image is based on the density of the object that the sound waves encounter. An object with a high density appears white or brighter on the recorded image, while objects of low density will appear black or dark on the image. Intermediate densities will appear gray. The sound waves are recorded back to the machine, which will produce the image. This image will appear on the computer screen and is recorded permanently either by a hard copy film or video tape (if available) or both. A radiologist or your doctor will read these images and write a report on their findings.

Ultrasound is completely safe and painless. It also has no contraindications. There is no problem in having the examination if you are pregnant, have a pacemaker or other medical conditions that may prevent you from having a MRI or CT scan. Ultrasound also does not produce any radiation as with a CT scan or x-rays.

Medford Foot and Ankle Clinic incorporates in house musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and guided injections of the foot and ankle.

By Medford Foot & Ankle Clinic
August 12, 2013
Category: Our Practice
Tags: Laser   Ultrasound   Digital X ray   Surgery  

Welcome to the Blog of Medford Foot & Ankle Clinic

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatric physician and surgeon in the Medford, OR area, we’re excited you are here. With the podiatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

We offer the most up to date medical and surgical management of simple and complex foot and ankle conditions.  We offer state of the art lasers for the relief of pain and for the treatment of onychomycosis (fungus in toenails) as well as skin lesions such as warts and spider veins of the foot and ankle.  Our state of the art diagnostic capablities include digital x ray as well as musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, both on site.  

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote good foot health as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including podiatry news, advancements in podiatric treatments, practical foot and ankle health advice and updates from our practice. 

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best foot and ankle health

As always, feel free to contact Medford Foot & Ankle Clinic with any questions or concerns.

-- The Podiatric Team at Medford Foot & Ankle Clinic