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Diagnostic Procedures for Foot Injuries

Whenever you see a podiatrist for a foot injury, chances are you will undergo diagnostic procedures to help figure out what is going on. At Syracuse Podiatry, we have modern technologies to help Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico diagnose and treat all types of foot and ankle conditions such as sprains, fractures, arthritis, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. We’ve all heard of Ultrasounds, CAT scans, X-rays and MRIs, but how are they different?

Ultrasound imaging (sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to view parts of the body. A transducer and ultrasound gel are used to create an image from the sound waves that bounce off of internal structures. It displays images in real time so podiatrists are able to see ligaments, tendons, tissues, and blood flow. Unlike X-rays, it does not expose the body to ionizing radiation.

X-Rays provide a high-resolution image of the skeletal system by exposing the area to ionizing radiation. Syracuse Podiatry utilizes digital X-rays rather than film, which allows for more accurate and faster imaging. X-rays are used to diagnose and monitor bone conditions such as fractures and bone spurs.

CAT or Computed Tomography (CT) scan is a type of X-ray that produces cross-sectional and three-dimensional images of the body. They provide much more detailed scans than X-rays, especially for viewing bones, blood vessels and soft tissue.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses radio waves and a large circular magnet to create three-dimensional images that are more accurate than traditional X-rays. It does not utilize x-ray radiation, but cannot be used for patients who have metal implants or chips.

In order to get the most effective treatment, it is essential to have the technologies to diagnose problems accurately and quickly. At Syracuse Podiatry, located in Fayetteville, NY, we provide these services to help board-certified podiatrist Dr. D’Amico address your problems whether it’s a sports injury, athlete’s foot, or Achilles tendinitis. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your foot or ankle, it is time to find a solution! Please explore our education library and call (315) 446-3668 to make an appointment!

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