Diagnostic ultrasound provides a quick and noninvasive way to identify common foot and ankle problems. At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, the expert providers use diagnostic ultrasound to pinpoint various issues, including sprains, strains, and damaged tendons. Make an appointment today by calling the office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City or clicking the online booking feature.

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What is diagnostic ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasound is an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images of the soft tissues, like your tendons, muscles, and ligaments. It’s a safe way to gain insights into your health, without making incisions or exposing you to harmful radiation.

Many people associate ultrasounds with pregnancy, but the technology can also diagnose work, sport, and activity-related injuries that affect the lower extremities.

What types of problems can an ultrasound diagnose?

At Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates, the providers use ultrasound imaging to diagnose various foot and ankle problems, including:

  • Tendon tears
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Muscle strains
  • Foot and ankle sprains
  • Bursitis

You might also be a candidate for a foot and ankle ultrasound if you experience pain in the ball of your foot.

What happens during a diagnostic ultrasound?

Your Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates provider performs your diagnostic ultrasound during a quick, in-office visit.

They review your medical records and ask about the symptoms you’re experiencing, including when the pain started, where it occurs, and if it’s worse during certain activities. Next, your provider examines your foot and ankle, looking for redness, swelling, or bruising. They also gently press on your heel and the ball of your foot to pinpoint sensitivity.

After completing the exam, your provider conducts an ultrasound.

They place a handheld device, called a transducer, against your skin and carefully run it across specific areas of your foot. The transducer emits high-frequency sound waves that bounce off your internal tissues. A computer interprets those signals and converts them into real-time images. Your provider views a monitor in the exam room and confirms your diagnosis.

How do I prepare for a diagnostic ultrasound?

A diagnostic foot and ankle ultrasound doesn’t require any special preparation. That said, try to arrive at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates at least 15 minutes before your appointment so you can fill out new patient paperwork.

When will I get the results of my diagnostic ultrasound?

Your Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates provider explains the results of your diagnostic ultrasound during the same visit. The machine provides images of your muscles, tendons, and ligaments in real time, allowing your provider to make treatment recommendations.

Are diagnostic ultrasounds safe?

Diagnostic ultrasounds are safe and usually well-tolerated. They don’t use radiation, like X-rays, so there’s no risk of potential side effects. What’s more, there’s no downtime or recovery period, so you can return to work and other activities right away.

If you experience foot or ankle pain, diagnostic ultrasound can identify the underlying cause. Make an appointment at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.