Can diagnostic ultrasound be used for foot problems?

One of many important concepts that most clinicians want to do will be get the diagnosis of their client’s problem right. Before they have that right, then conclusions as to the ideal treatment cannot be made and advice offered around the best course of action proposed. Customarily the diagnosis was based on the physical assessment and also a review of the history of the condition and minimal imaging such as an x-ray. If a diagnosis could not be determined coming from that information, this became an issue of following the individual to observe how the signs and symptoms change and therefore the diagnosis may become clearer. Currently as well as the basic and easy x-ray we now have a great deal more state-of-the-art imaging approaches for example ultrasound examination that is making the diagnosis approach much simpler. An episode of the podiatrists live, PodChatLive was focused on the issue of diagnostic ultrasound to help you determine problems in the feet.

In this episode of PodChatLive the hosts had on Stuart Wildman to discuss his experiences with the use of diagnostic ultrasound. He is a Physical Therapist, musculoskeletal Sonographer and Director of The Ultrasound Site Ltd based in the UK. They outlined some of the politics and also training relating to ultrasound usage, specifically what the advantages and limitations of ultrasound are, as well as the tissues and pathologies that can be pictured around the foot and ankle with ultrasound. He is the Owner and Director of The Ultrasound Site Ltd which he established in 2013. He splits his time between Radiology and Physiotherapy in which he performs both diagnostic and guided interventions in both settings. He qualified from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom in 2003 with a BSc in Physiotherapy, and proceeded to get an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at The University of Hertfordshire and a PostGrad Certificate in MSK Sonography at Canterbury and Christ Church University.

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