Ultrasounds are one of our diagnostic tools that help us to determine the extent of soft tissue injuries like Morton’s neuroma, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and tendonitis. The soft tissue includes muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.

In this painless test, sound waves are transmitted into the body, bounced back, and recorded—all through a probe. If the object has a higher density, the image that appears will be bright white. If the examined tissue has less density, the image will appear gray.

We may opt to use ultrasound because it can be used on almost anyone. If you’re pregnant or have a pacemaker, you can have an ultrasound as opposed to an MRI or CT scan. Also, an ultrasound does not produce radiation like an X-ray or CT scan.

If you have more questions about diagnostics, feel free to ask our expert staff at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. You can call our office at (916) 961-3434 to make an appointment. We’re also on Facebook and Pinterest!

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.

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