Introducing the SonoSite Edge II Ultrasound System
At Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics we invest in the latest technology for our patients so we now offer diagnostic ultrasound on site at our Camberwell clinic. Our podiatrists are highly trained in podiatric ultrasound and use the state-of- the-art SonoSite Edge II Ultrasound System. Due to the high costs involved with these systems and training, Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics are one of the few podiatry clinics in Melbourne lucky enough to have one.
What is diagnostic ultrasound?
Diagnostic ultrasound (also known as sonography) is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. It allows our podiatrists to see structures inside your foot such as tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves and even the outline of some bones.
Advantages of diagnostic ultrasound in podiatry
Diagnostic ultrasound helps our podiatrists to more accurately diagnose foot injuries and leads to more successful treatment outcomes. In the podiatry setting it has the following advantages:
- Having diagnostic ultrasound on site saves the patient time and money as they don’t have to travel for a separate radiology appointment.
- A diagnostic ultrasound scan with one of our podiatrists produces immediate diagnostic results so your treatment can start immediately, leading to a faster recovery.
- A diagnostic ultrasound scan is a simple scanning procedure that is painless and 100% safe.
Diagnostic ultrasound and plantar heel pain
Diagnostic ultrasound can help diagnose many conditions but it is particularly useful in diagnosing plantar heel pain. This is one of the most common conditions that podiatrists treat and it can often be frustrating to treat if you don’t identify the true cause.
The great thing about diagnostic ultrasound is it helps our podiatrists to determine the cause of your heel pain. It can measure plantar fascia thickness and strain which gives valuable insight into the cause of heel pain. Not all cases of plantar heel pain are caused by plantar fasciitis and this can be seen on ultrasound. Often the cause of heel pain is more complex and can include other causes such as nerve entrapment, fat pad atrophy and heel bone stress. Diagnostic ultrasound helps our podiatrists to identify the true cause of heel pain and this is the key to successful heel pain treatment.
Diagnostic ultrasound leads to greater treatment success
Overall diagnostic ultrasound leads to a more pinpoint diagnosis of many common foot conditions, leading to greater treatment success. So if you are suffering from a painful foot condition that may benefit from a diagnostic ultrasound scan make an appointment with one of our friendly Melbourne podiatrists today.
For more information on this service please visit our services page on diagnostic ultrasound.