When you think of an ultrasound, your mind probably moves directly to the idea of pregnancy. Most pregnant women have multiple ultrasounds during their pregnancies to check on the health of their babies. Beyond pregnancy, ultrasound plays a key role in the medical world. Not only can this technology see underneath the skin, it can clue you into problems that are occurring in the body. The feet also benefit from ultrasounds.
Soundwaves are emitted from the ultrasound device. These soundwaves go through the body and are reflected back to the probe. Depending on the size and density of the object that these waves pick up, the object will appear brighter or duller. A machine can then take these images and capture them with imagery so that a podiatrist can review them and determine what is shown.
Ultrasounds are viewed as completely safe in the medical world and pose no risk of complication. Generally, it does not take too much time to prepare for an ultrasound. You can eat and drink regularly but it is advised to avoid lotions or oils for the skin. They can sometimes skew the imagery.
A podiatrist will order an ultrasound for different types of foot or ankle conditions. If a podiatrist suspects you are suffering from cancer of the foot, nerve damage, tumors, or injuries to the muscles and ligaments within the foot, then an ultrasound will be used to confirm the suspected diagnosis.
Ultrasound can also be used as a tool to guide a podiatrist when they are giving a patient a cortisone shot or extracting a buildup of fluid within the foot. Sometimes the podiatrist can give an ultrasound inside the office. Other times they will refer you to a specialist at a clinic or hospital that has more equipment and staff to handle the procedure. After the ultrasound, they will collect the images and review them to make a determination regarding the condition of your foot or ankle.
Medical equipment has made leaps and bounds as technology continues to grow and expand. Due to these changes, we are able to provide state of the art foot and ankle care. If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain and require an ultrasound, call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank can examine your foot or ankle condition and determine whether or not an ultrasound would be beneficial. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.