We Answer Your Top Questions About Podiatry and Physical Therapy
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What types of injuries can be seen in an ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a valuable form of diagnostic test that lets specialists like our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. see soft tissue damage in your lower limbs. This is extremely helpful since these types of injuries aren’t really visible on an X-ray image. Ultra-sonic sound waves reflect back pictures of tendon and ligament tears, soft tissue lumps and bumps, and even nerve damage like Morton’s neuroma. It’s common for foreign bodies to appear in these diagnostic images. It may show bursitis and capsulitis in the joints as well. It can even evaluate the severity of plantar fasciitis and help guide direct injections of medication. In some cases it’s used to help plan out surgical procedures.
Ultimately, ultrasound can be used for a lot of things related to soft tissues. If you’re struggling with an injury that isn’t showing up on X-rays, you might have better luck with an ultrasound evaluation. Let our team of experts at Castle Pines Physical Therapy help you today. Request a consultation online, or call in to our Castle Pines office or associated location, Cherry Creek in Denver, CO at (303) 805-5156.
How does diagnostic ultrasound for the feet work?
Diagnostic ultrasound for foot conditions is done in a similar way to ultrasounds for monitoring pregnancies or for identifying gall bladder stones. It bounces high-frequency sounds waves off your soft tissues, creating a picture from the reflected waves.
The whole process is simple and takes place in the office. One of our specialists will apply special gel to your foot to help the sound waves transmit smoothly. Then we will touch the probe to your skin and manipulate it so it “sees” the whole area being tested. The waves pass through the skin and bounce off the soft tissues at different times. The probe then receives these reflected sound waves and translates them into a picture that we are able to “read” on a monitor.
This is particularly useful for torn connective tissues, tumors, swollen nerves, and thickening in places like the plantar fascia, since these issues are hard to see on other images, like X-rays. Let us help you by accurately diagnosing your foot condition. Call (303) 805-5156 or make an appointment online to visit our Castle Pines, Parker, or Cherry Creek, CO office.
Why would I need an ultrasound for my feet?
Ultrasound takes pictures of soft tissues in your feet that other images, like X-rays, may not be able to see. This allows it to catch difficult-to-see damage, like tendon tears, swelling or thickening in connective tissues, and nerve damage like neuromas. The ability to see these injuries helps specialists like our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. make accurate diagnoses and prescribe the best foot care treatments.
Just as importantly, this test does not involve any sort of dangerous radiation. It uses high-frequency sound waves that bounce off your tissues at different rates and angles to formulate a picture of soft tissues, even if they are moving. Think of it like sonar, but for your body. Don’t avoid getting an accurate diagnosis because you are concerned about X-rays or invasive tests to diagnose your pain. Let us use ultrasound. Contact Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Parker, Cherry Creek, and Castle Pines, CO, for an appointment today by calling (303) 805-5156 or by using our online form.