At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle there are many conditions that cannot be properly diagnosed or fully assessed by just an external examination of the foot. Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh may need to see inside your foot. Advanced imaging tools can pinpoint a foot problem, help the foot doctor assess how far a condition has progressed, if healing is occurring properly or if there is deformity in the structure of the foot. Some conditions commonly evaluated using advancing imaging studies include:
- Deformities such as hammertoe, bunions,
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Nerve damage
Here are some of the more commonly used diagnostic imaging tools:
X-rays: Commonly used to check for fractures or other bone issues, such as infection or disease. Since x-rays are produced using radiation, pregnant women should not have this test. X-rays can be taken in either our Edmond or Norman office.
CAT scan: Short for computed tomography or CT, a CAT scan is a more advanced x-ray which can show greater detail and produces a three-dimensional cross section of the area being scanned. Like x-rays, since radiation is involved in capturing the image, this test is unsuitable for women who are pregnant.
MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create a three-dimensional image that is highly detailed. There is no radiation involved in an MRI but patients who have implants that contain metal (pacemakers, surgically-implanted pumps, artificial heart valves) may not be able to have this test.
Ultrasound: Sound waves produce and record an image and ultrasound is particularly effective in viewing soft tissue to diagnose conditions such as injuries to cartilage, ligaments or tendons in the foot and ankle and also to reveal abnormal growths.