When you sustain an injury to your foot, receiving the correct diagnosis is crucial. After all, you wouldn’t want to cause further damage by treating your condition incorrectly. This is why podiatrists use x-rays so they can know for sure what their patient has. This test will provide you with the evidence of why you are experiencing certain symptoms and to make sure a broken bone has been put back in place. Before you get an x-ray, it would be helpful to know what entails.
An x-ray is when a small amount of radiation is used to create an image of the foot. This image will show you how the bones and soft tissues in the foot are being affected by your condition. To ensure accuracy, your podiatrist will take three images at different positions. Your podiatrist will take a picture of the front of your foot, the side of your foot and the oblique view which is your foot at an angle. Now that you know what this exam will consist of, it is also important for you to know why you are getting an x-ray.
Utilizing an x-ray, your doctor will deduce that you have a certain condition based on an initial evaluation. If you are experiencing pain in your foot, for example, an x-ray will reveal the reason why. In addition to finding the reason behind an injury, this test can also determine if you have a cyst or tumor in your foot. While it is common to have an x-ray done at a hospital or another off-site location, many podiatrists offer the convenience of conducting this exam onsite including Sound Foot Care in Smithtown, New York.
If you have a foot condition or injury that requires an x-ray, Sound Foot Care, PC can help. By having an x-ray machine on site, we are able to show you why you have certain symptoms and how we can treat them. To make an appointment, call us at (631) 360-3344. We look forward to seeing you soon!