Ultrasound Use in Diagnosis and Therapy
The ultrasound machine can help with diagnosis and treatment of foot problems. The main thing that we use it for is plantar fasciitis, one of our common problems that we see here in the office. With the ultrasound, I’m able to visualize the plantar fascia, which is the ligament in the heel. I can look at the heel bone, I can see the thickness of the fascia, and I can tell if there are any tears in it.
Ultrasound in Placing Cortisone Injections
We also use this in conjunction with cortisone injections, which is a common treatment for plantar fasciitis. The ultrasound allows me to be very accurate in placing the cortisone right next to the plantar fascia, which allows for inflammation to be reduced and often works excellently in conjunction with other treatments, including stretching, good shoes, and custom orthotics.
When you look at an ultrasound, you really have to know what you’re looking at, as it doesn’t necessarily give a crystal clear picture. Here in this ultrasound, I can see the heel bone and the thickness of the plantar fascia. In this case, it appears to be a pretty healthy plantar fascia.
Ultrasounds can also be used for tendonitis, to look at the Achilles’ tendon, all the other tendons and ligaments in the foot, and the little bones around the big toe. It’s a very helpful tool. Come on in and take a look!