Sometimes a little creativity can go a long way! Thinking outside the box can lead to interesting solutions to solve people’s problems, especially in science and medicine. After all, that’s how penicillin went from a mold to the world’s first real antibiotic—one scientist discovered the mold’s effect on certain bacteria by accident, and other scientists found creative ways to make it into a human-safe medicine. February 16th is Innovation Day, a chance to celebrate creative ideas that develop solutions, from life-saving drugs to accurate diagnoses in foot care with ultrasound.
Ultrasound for feet definitely is an innovative idea, and one that has helped doctors find, and treat, all sorts of medical problems. Most people have heard of ultrasound, but usually assume it’s just for regular pregnancy checks. This tool can actually be used in many different ways, including for foot care. In fact, there are plenty of benefits to using it as a diagnostic tool.
It’s safer than X-rays, since there’s no radiation involved, and can investigate soft-tissue issues instead of just bone injuries. Morton’s neuroma, soft tissue masses, bursitis, capsulitis in the joints, tendon or ligament injuries, bone spurs, stress fractures and plantar fasciitis damage are just some of the conditions it can help find and evaluate.
Sometimes it’s used to guide direct injections of medication, so the shot goes in the right spot. It can be helpful for preparing for minor office procedures, too. Some kinds of ultrasound can even be used to diagnose circulatory issues like peripheral arterial disease, which can lead to weakness, pain, and trouble healing in your lower limbs. In the end, the ability to accurately diagnose these challenging foot and ankle issues can help you get the targeted care you really need.
These many benefits are why Podiatry Associates, P.C. has its own ultrasound for foot care. It’s a valuable tool that helps us better take care of you and your family. We want to offer the safest, most accurate tests and treatments possible. If you’re concerned about your foot and ankle pain, don’t let fear of X-rays or anything else get in the way of you taking care of your own feet. Contact our Castle Pines or Parker, CO, offices for an appointment to diagnose and treat your lower limb issues today. Just call (303) 805-5156 or use the web request form to reach us.
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