Diagnose Foot and Heel Pain
Our Diagnostic Ultrasound Services
Our physicians use the latest technology, including ultrasound, to accurately and safely diagnose foot, heel, and ankle problems. These diagnostic imaging tests use high frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body so that our podiatrists get a full picture of your foot health.
Ultrasound for diagnosing foot, ankle, and heel pain is a non-invasive technique with no radiation. At Foot Specialists of Birmingham, we have our diagnostic ultrasound machine right in our office, so you won’t have to drive to another location for your diagnostic tests. Our ultrasound is a state of the art, high performance scanner that provides superior image quality for confident diagnoses.
How Does the Ultrasound Diagnose Foot and Heel Pain?
The Diagnostic Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. It is a noninvasive technique and unlike X-Rays does not use radiation.
The Diagnostic Ultrasound used in our office is a state of the art, high performance scanner that provides superior image quality for confident diagnoses. The ultrasound image is taken by the transducer as it sends out high frequency sound waves into the body and then listens for the returning echoes from the body tissues. The images are immediately visible on a screen that looks like a computer monitor.
It's a useful diagnostic tool because it captures images of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue in real-time showing structure and movement as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
At Foot Specialists of Birmingham, ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose the following conditions:
- Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain
- Tendon pathologies, such as tears of the achilles tendon.
- Abnormalities related to soft tissue masses.
- Identification of stress fractures not visible on X-Rays.
- Identification of neuromas in the foot.