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, medial and lateral tendons, the Achilles tendon, associated soft tissues, musculature, bursae and small joints of the ankle and foot.
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.
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.