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.
Using the latest cloud technology, Ultrasound Direct can send your scan images and report to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE. This secure online service is available with every scan performed in an Ultrasound Direct clinic at no extra cost.
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.
Frequently Asked Question
Why choose to have an ankle & foot scan?
A unique advantage of ultrasound is the ability to assess the ankle and foot dynamically in real time, revealing abnormalities that may be inadequately visualised on static images. It is also easy to compare the affected area with the non-symptomatic opposite side.
Pain in the ankle and foot can often be difficult to pinpoint to a specific area, but ultrasound is able to evaluate much of the anatomy within the ankle and foot.
Common problems visualised with ultrasound include; soft tissue masses, Morton’s neuroma, bursitis or capsulitis of the joints, ligament injuries, tendinopathy and tears, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis and tarsal tunnel syndrome. These are just some of the conditions we are able to detect.
Are your sonographers qualified?
Yes. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans and many of them also work in the NHS locally. Scans with Ultrasound Direct will always be performed by a qualified professional whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidelines and are registered with the HCPC. We’re also registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.
What if I get bad news during my scan?
In the event of unexpected findings: we will offer clear advice on the next steps available to you and will offer to contact the local hospital on your behalf.
Should you receive bad news in your scan you are welcome to take time in private in our clinics to process the news and gather your thoughts before leaving: we never want you to feel rushed.