There are two types of ultrasound—diagnostic and therapeutic. Diagnostic ultrasound is a non-invasive soft tissue imaging technique that can be used to help with diagnosis and accurate treatment. Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to help with treatment of soft tissue conditions.
An ultrasound uses a special hand-piece or probe that emits sound waves into body tissues. When these sound waves collide with body tissues, the sound waves return to the probe. This is converted to an image that our podiatrist in Merrillville, IN, uses to diagnose and treat your foot condition.
Ultrasound can be used to create images of the soft tissue structures in the body. In the foot, ultrasounds can be used to image the plantar fascia, the Achilles tendon, the posterior tibial tendon, the peroneal tendons, as well as all of the ligaments in the foot and ankle. With the combination of an experienced ultrasound technician and a fellowship-trained musculoskeletal radiologist, ultrasounds are a very useful imaging technique that can help with the diagnosis of certain foot conditions.
The Weil Foot & Ankle Research Team is currently conducting ongoing research to analyze the accuracy of ultrasounds in the diagnosis of plantar plate tears.
No. There is no radiation involved with ultrasound imaging of the body.
Please call our podiatry office in Merrillville, IN, at 847-390-7666 if you have any additional questions about diagnostic ultrasounds. We will be happy to provide you with all the information that you need. Come experience Weil Foot & Ankle Institute! Our Merrillville podiatrist offers 5-star rated podiatry care in Merrillville, Valparaiso, Portage, Munster, Schererville, Dyer, Chesterton, St. John, Crown Point, Porter, and Highland, IN.