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1Foot 2Foot Centre for Foot and Ankle Care is privileged to be the first and most experienced podiatry (foot and ankle) practice in Hampton Roads to offer Diagnostic Ultrasound for the investigation and VISUALIZATION of soft tissue diseases of the foot and ankle. This leads to a more concise diagnosis and more efficient personalized treatment.
What is diagnostic ultrasound?
Diagnostic ultrasound, or musculoskeletal ultrasound, is a non-invasive test used to evaluate the soft-tissues (tendons, ligaments, nerves, muscles, etc.) of the foot and ankle. It is similar to sonar used on submarines by the military and fetal ultrasound used by OB-GYN doctors to evaluate the developing baby. Ultrasound diagnosis is performed with high frequency sound waves - higher than the range of human hearing. Visualization of soft tissue structures is created when the ultrasound beam is transmitted into the foot and echoes are reflected from these structures. The echoes are then seen on a small television-like screen. In experienced hands, the images and information obtained from the ultrasound can provide as much information as much more expensive and time-consuming tests such as MRI and CT-Scans.
What is involved?
Diagnostic ultrasound is quick and painless (and covered by most insurance plans). The entire process can usually be completed during your regular office visit and involves simply placing some gel over the areas to be inspected and using a small probe to explore the tissues. Since the ultrasound waves are harmless (otherwise they would not be used on developing babies) this test never causes any pain at all.
What is diagnostic ultrasound used for?
We use this test to evaluate and document problems such as tendonitis, heel pain, pinched nerves and neuromas, puncture wounds caused by stepping on glass or wood, deep infections in the foot and ankle regions and stress fractures.
With the addition of the diagnostic ultrasound, 1Foot 2Foot continues its reputation as a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle diseases and pathology. If you are suffering from chronic foot pain associated with soft tissue injury or disease, diagnostic ultrasound could help in obtaining an accurate diagnosis of your foot or ankle problem. Call 1Foot 2Foot today to schedule a consultation to see if "Podiatric diagnostic ultrasound" can help in the treatment of your foot problem.