The right diagnosis begins with listening to the patient and developing a trusting working relationship. Through this our doctor is able to take a thorough history and perform a thorough clinical physical examination. X-rays are very common in the diagnosis of foot and ankle problems. In certain cases, advanced imaging such as MRI and/or CT scans are used. Likewise, diagnostic ultrasound is available and can be a valuable tool for diagnosis and in some cases, image-guided treatments.
Because the foot and ankle are very complex, more than one clinic visit may be needed to arrive at the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.