An effective treatment for your foot or ankle concern depends on accurate and timely diagnosis. For convenient diagnostic capabilities, we have onsite digital X-ray machines. To aid in diagnosis and management of ailments, we may also utilize further imaging such as an ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT).
Our board-certified podiatrists at Shady Grove Podiatry in Gaithersburg, Maryland are dedicated to offering advanced technology to help you get the treatment you need. Our goal is to enhance your foot and ankle function and reduce your pain and discomfort so you can enjoy life to the fullest.
What Is a Digital X-Ray?
Digital X-ray technology offers many of the benefits you enjoy when taking pictures on your smartphone versus on an old camera that has film. Traditional X-rays required film to process the image, with the doctor then placing the image on a lightbox for viewing.
With digital technology, we can more efficiently take a wide range of images and view them almost instantaneously on a computer. Newer digital X-ray technology also uses substantially less radiation to create the image, making it safer.
Our digital X-ray produces extremely detailed, high-quality images that can help to diagnose even very small fractures in the foot or ankle.
What’s the Benefit of Ultrasound Imaging?
If you are experiencing foot pain, an ultrasound may be the first step in determining its source. Ultrasound technology can be excellent for uncovering issues within the soft tissue of the foot. Nerves, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and other soft tissue structures can be identified.
In the field of podiatry, ultrasound diagnostics are often used for foot issues such as:
- Neuromas (swelling of the nerves)
- Plantar fasciitis
Ultrasound imaging produces real-time images of the internal foot anatomy without the need to use radiation or any kind of invasive procedure. It is completely pain-free and there are no known side effects.
What to Expect
Because we have both X-ray and ultrasound imaging available right in our office, there’s no need to travel to an imaging center and wait for results. For foot and ankle X-rays, you’ll be positioned on a table so that the X-ray camera has a good angle to view the area of concern. Several images will be taken and soon after, your doctor will be able to share those with you and discuss the findings.
The process of completing a foot ultrasound is also very simple. The ultrasound wand is placed on the area(s) of the foot that the doctor wants to view, and slowly moved around to investigate the internal soft tissue structure. You have probably seen a similar process performed for pregnant women, where ultrasound imaging is used to check on a baby’s health and development.
Contact Shady Grove Podiatry Today
For further information on our advanced diagnostic capabilities or to set up an appointment, contact us online or call our Gaithersburg, Maryland office today at 301-948-2995.