Our practice offers advanced diagnostics, such as digital x-ray, vascular diagnostics, and diagnostic ultrasound, to further enhance our care.
Digital x-rays have long proved their usefulness in the diagnosis of medical conditions. This applies in podiatry as well, where digital x-rays can be used to find and visualize various issues including:
- Joint dislocations
- Tumors and masses
- Foreign objects
- And other problems that need to be identified and treated
Digital x-rays can also be used to evaluate changes in the bones from bone disease, to assess whether a child’s bones are growing normally, and to help determine whether bones are properly set after treating a fracture.
Digital x-ray imaging allows for the instantaneous display of the image that is being read and captured by the x-ray’s sensors. The part of your body being pictured is positioned between the x-ray machine and photographic film before being met with electromagnetic waves. These waves expose the film, creating the image of your internal structure. The latest in technology has allowed for safe digital x-ray imaging with low exposure.
In foot care, additional testing may be required for the diagnosing and treatment of certain conditions that involve the blood vessels in the feet and ankles. This type of testing, known as vascular testing, is particularly relevant for patients with high-risk diabetes, poor circulation, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Procedures typically involve the examination of blood vessels throughout the body for blockages or buildup.
Vascular testing is very important for the diagnosis of various conditions, including peripheral artery disease and chronic venous insufficiency. These conditions can directly affect the feet and ankles and cause pain in the lower limbs. Circulatory problems in the feet and ankles can reflect issues throughout the body, making testing of the blood vessels important.
Testing methods vary between practitioners and can be specific to certain foot and ankle problems. Contact us to determine what vascular testing is available for your needs.
Diagnostic ultrasound is a useful tool in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of foot and ankle conditions. Ultrasounds can be performed in-office and can be used to identify:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Tendonitis or tendon tears
- Morton’s neuroma
- Foreign bodies
- Soft tissue masses
- And more
Diagnostic ultrasound involves the use of a probe that emits soundwaves. This probe is applied to areas of the body that may be affected by the suspected condition. The soundwaves emitted pass through the body and are then reflected to the probe, recording an image. The recorded image is based on the density of the object or mass the soundwaves meet and will appear on the ultrasound screen, helping the podiatrist and patient visualize the area and determine a proper diagnosis and treatment. Ultrasound is also useful in guiding interventions, such as injections, by increasing the accuracy of the treatment and providing a visualization of the area being treated on the ultrasound screen.