This scan is available to women from 16 years of age. (See the equivalent scan for men here)
The purpose is to examine the ankle & foot for a range of conditions. This includes assessment of the ankle joint, the anterior tendons, associated muscles, lateral collateral ligaments, bursae, the medial and lateral menisci and the posterior knee.
Common examples for having this ultrasound scan are to investigate the causes of ankle & foot pain, possible injury or inflammation of the tendons, for conditions such as bursitis, tendinosis, degenerative changes such as arthritis, joint effusions and ganglions / tendon and ligament tears, neuromas, fibromas and plantar fasciitis.
For the ankle & foot footwear and socks will need to be removed in order to expose the feet for the examination.
The opposite side may need to be assessed for comparison.