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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 16, 2016
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While a thorough physical examination of your foot is standard procedure for any podiatric issue, sometimes the foot doctor needs to see inside your foot. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, there are 4 main diagnostic tools that we use, depending on the just what the podiatrist is looking for:

  1. X-rays—these are used primarily to visualize bones and conditions that affect them. The foot doctor will use x-rays to see if a bone has been fractured or to assess the damage caused by an infection or diseases such as arthritis. X-rays are also used to check to see if a child’s bones are growing as they should and to see how bones that have been broken and set are healing. X-rays can be done in our Washington office.
  2. Computed Tomography (CT)—commonly known as a CAT scan, this x-ray device gives the foot doctor a cross section image of the foot or ankle. This type of imaging study can hone in more specifically on a particular problem by producing a three-dimensional image. CT scans are used to diagnose tumors, arthritis, deformities, fractures, flat feet and to locate foreign bodies.
  3. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)—unlike x-ray and CT scans, MRIs do not use radiation. Instead, magnet and radio waves are employed to create three-dimensional images. MRIs are often used to examine soft tissues and bones so it is helpful in assessing ligaments, tendons and cartilage as well as bones and tumors. This test is not advised if you have certain types of implants in your body.
  4. Ultrasound—sound waves reflect back from the targeted area and produce an image. It is often used to help diagnose Morton’s Neuroma, tendonitis, injuries to tendons and ligaments, bursitis and soft masses in the feet and ankles. Ultrasound is noninvasive, painless and completely safe.

Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will determine the right test for your particular foot or ankle issue. It’s important to give a complete medical history and to tell the foot doctor if you are pregnant because some diagnostic tests should not be performed on women who are expecting. Questions? Contact us today by calling (724) 225-7410.

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