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Diagnostic Foot Ultrasound

Las Vegas podiatry has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last three decades.
Science and technology has now afforded new and better ways to diagnose medical problems. One of the most important diagnostic procedures used today is through ultrasound imaging or sonography. It was developed around the 1960s and continues to evolve into a highly developed and beneficial tool used by foot specialists in the medical industry.

The process involves the use of cyclic sound pressure directed into the body which penetrate and encounter different tissue interfaces through the body. As they do, the high frequency sound waves bounce off and reflect an image sent to a computer. The ultrasound images or sonograms are then used to determine conditions inside the body without the need for invasive procedures and is safe and pain-free. Compared to x-rays, MRI ad CAT scans, it provides a better view with an active and/or passive range of motion studies. It is also relatively cheap as opposed to MRIs and CAT scans.

In podiatry, diagnostic foot ultrasound is the key to provide accurate and real-time diagnosis of foot problems. A qualified podiatrist can use diagnostic foot ultrasound to determine the following pathologies:

  • Muscle injury or ruptures
  • Bone injury or contusions
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Achilles tendonitis, tears, ruptures.
  • Bursitis… retrocalcaneal, metatarsal etc.
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Extensor and Flexor tendonitis, tears, ruptures.
  • Peroneal, anterior tibial tendonitis, tears, etc.
  • Periarticular swelling
  • Joint swelling, capsulitis
  • Ligament… strain, tears.
  • Fibromas
  • Cysts
  • Foreign bodies
  • Ultrasound guided injection or aspirations

As with any condition, one of the key factors for successful recovery is with the right diagnosis and consequently the right treatment. Dr. Belmont Anderson’s clinic is fully equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic ultrasound equipment to help patients determine their problems and recover or improve their health.