19 Mar What is Diagnostic Ultrasound?
The foot, compared to other parts of your body, is prone to common soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains that cause discomfort and limit mobility. Symptoms such as swelling, bruising, pain, and discoloration are signs of potential soft tissue injuries. At Cherrywood Foot Care, our podiatrist in Nassau County will seek to assess, diagnose and treat your foot injury using the most effective diagnostic tools to help you get back on your feet.
Diagnostic ultrasound is a type of diagnostic tool used to examine soft tissues. Using high-frequency sound waves, medical professionals are able to examine the various densities of tissue and assess damage. It is a safe, painless, and low-cost procedure that takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes and can be used to diagnose a variety of foot and ankle problems.
How Can Diagnostic Ultrasound Treat Foot Injuries?
If you are suffering from common symptoms of soft tissue foot injuries, a diagnostic ultrasound can help diagnose and treat your condition. Common symptoms that may cause your podiatrist to recommend a diagnostic ultrasound are:
- Swelling of the foot and ankle
- Bruising or discoloration
- Sudden onset of pain
- Inflammation of the foot and ankle
How Do Diagnostic Ultrasound Work?
Once our podiatrist in Nassau County determines the need for a diagnostic ultrasound, you can expect a painless and noninvasive procedure. Using the ultrasound machine, we will use a probe to examine the afflicted areas of the foot and ankle. The probe, which emits high-frequency sound waves, is able to examine the tissues and help the podiatrist make an accurate and timely diagnosis. When an area is inflamed, such as in a soft tissue injury like a sprain or strain, fluid fills the area. The diagnostic ultrasound is able to identify these areas, as they will appear darker in contrast to the other tissues. Using the results from the diagnostic ultrasound, the podiatrist can pinpoint the damaged areas and create an effective plan for treating your foot injury.
Here at Cherrywood Foot Care, our podiatrist in Nassau County strives to treat your foot injury using the most effective diagnostic tools. If you are experiencing symptoms of a soft tissue foot injury, contact us for more information about how a diagnostic ultrasound can help diagnose and treat your foot injury as quickly and painlessly as possible.