Foot Ultrasound Scan
About the Foot Ultrasound Scan
Musculoskeletal ultrasonography is a very powerful diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of wide array of foot and ankle problems such tendinosis, tenosynovitis, paratendinitis, rupture, dislocation, ligaments that are commonly torn, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, stress fractures, and plantar plate injury.
Sports and overuse injuries of the ankle and foot are common and ultrasound has been established as an excellent diagnostic modality for foot and ankle pathologes, providing a rapid noninvasive examination tool that is well tolerated by the patient with acute or chronic pain. The opportunity for dynamic examination is another advantage of ultrasound in evaluating ankle and foot pathology, where maneuvers such as muscle contraction and stressing of the joint may be particularly helpful.
What is the purpose of this foot scan?
The purpose of this foot ultrasound scan is to assess major the structures in the foot joint
- Tendons Sheaths
Reasons for having a foot ultrasound scan include:
- Reduced Movement
- Plantar Fascitis
- Plantar Fibroma
- Mortons Neuroma
- Tumours, Cancers
- Foreign bodies
- Soft tissue masses such as ganglia, lipomas
- Bursitis or capsulitis of the joints
- Ligament injuries
- Tendonitis or tendon tears
- Heel spurs
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Muscular damage (chronic and acute)
- Joint effusions
- Vascular pathology
- Classification of a mass eg solid, cystic, mixed
- Post surgical complications eg abscess, oedema
- Some bony pathology such as athritis.
What is included with this ultrasound scan?
- Ultrasound scan report and if needed, a follow up recommendation.
No preparation is necessary for this ultrasound scan.
What should I expect during the foot ultrasound scan?
Before the scan our sonographer will explain the examination procedure. You will be asked to remove your shoe and sock and lie on the bed. A small amount of gel will be placed on your foot and the probe will be moved in different directions. You may also be asked to move your foot during the scanning so that the sonographer can look at the affected area while it is in motion.
During and after the examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.