“Put your name at the top and number your paper 1 to 10.” The word “test” can easily take you back to the days of yesteryear, when pop quizzes, studying, and exams were just a way of life. Not to fear, the tests we’re talking about won’t require you to do any studying. In fact, we’ll be studying your feet, ankles, and legs through our process of diagnostics! X-rays, laser treatment, and nerve testing are ways we can find and treat your problem. At McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, our staff is incredibly well-trained and ready to give you the best care possible.

Nerve Testing

A nerve conduction study is used to diagnose conditions like peripheral neuropathy, tarsal tunnel syndrome, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, and tibial or peroneal nerve dysfunction, all of which occur in the feet. To perform this test, we’ll place surface electrode patches over the nerve. In a quick procedure, one electrode stimulates the nerve and the other records the speed of the nerve signal. The information we gather will determine the extent of your nerve damage.

Diagnosing Foot Injury with X-RayX-ray, MRI, and Ultrasound

At McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, we have in-office X-rays that will help determine the severity of fractures. MRIs will help us diagnose more of the soft tissue injuries involving the muscles, tendons, and cartilage in your foot. Soft tissues can also be examined through ultrasound.

Gait Analysis

When use the words “gait analysis,” we’re talking about examining the way you walk. Whether you have flat feet, high arches, or need some custom-made orthotics, a gait analysis will help us determine where your foot problems are coming from. Some people need more support to help with overpronation while others could use some simple cushioning for diabetic ulcers or Morton’s neuroma.


When a biopsy is required, we will take a sample of tissue from your foot to test the area for cancer to make sure it’s not malignant. This type of diagnostics could be performed if you have an unknown mass, tumor, or wound.  

Laser Therapy for Foot Pain

Laser therapy is more of a treatment method used to soothe heel pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, and neuromas. Using a concentrated beam of light, the non-invasive treatment brings blood flow—and thus more nutrients—to the area to speed the healing process.

Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

To get rid of toenail fungus, we take a smaller type of concentrated light beam to penetrate beneath the nail and zap the fungi that grow on the nail bed. The painless procedure usually takes around 15 minutes and has no side effects, which is faster and less invasive than topical treatments and oral anti-fungal medications.   

Don’t be afraid of diagnostics! They’re often painless and are usually performed to give us a clear-cut diagnosis and rule out other conditions. Any suggestion for using these diagnostic methods comes out of concern for your health and safety. With our cutting-edge equipment, we can help you handle any problems that your foot throws your way! Call our office in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434 to schedule an appointment. We can help you pass your tests with flying colors!

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