Bay Area Foot Care provides onsite diagnostic testing using Ultrasound, Digital X-rays, and Non-invasive arterial studies.
Ultrasound is an excellent diagnostic tool for foot and ankle injuries, allowing for dynamic examination of the injury—including real-time visibility of muscle contraction and joint stresses—while remaining non-invasive and avoiding aggravation of painful conditions. Ultrasound is also used to measure blood flow to rule out peripheral arterial disease. Evaluation of the arterial supply to the lower limbs is done by measuring blood pressures at various levels and by evaluation of the arterial-pulse characteristics. Blood flow is evaluated with an ultrasound Doppler flow detector Arterial pressures in the lower extremities are compared to the pressures measured in the arms. These tests are usually referred to as segmental pressure measurements and pulse volume recording (PVR). When the pressures are measured at only a single level in the lower extremities — the ankle — they may be reported as the ratio of the ankle pressure to the arm pressure. The ankle/brachial index (ABI), also known as the ankle/arm index (AAI), is a very useful general measure of PAD severity. A normal ABI is usually 1.0 to 1.1. An ABI of 0.90 or less.
A digital x-ray image can tell your doctor whether a bone has been broken or fractured, or whether a joint has been dislocated. If you have a broken or fractured bone in your foot or ankle and need to wear a cast for a few weeks, x-rays will also be taken after the cast comes off to make sure that the bone has healed correctly and is properly aligned. X-rays can also detect tumors in the bone or in the soft tissue and cysts that may develop in places where they can be felt but are not visible. X-rays are often useful for diagnosing mysterious aches and pains. If you are experiencing foot pain and do not know the cause, x-rays may help you and your doctor to arrive at the answer.
Bay Area Foot Care uses the latest digital scanning technology to capture a 3D laser image of your feet. The scanning process is quick, clean, accurate and effective. In the clinic, your podiatrist will orient the scanner to capture your bare feet in the required position. The foot scanner then captures a digital 3D image by creating a grid of closely spaced points in space that represent the surface of the foot, its contours, and dimensions.
Our digital foot scanning system enables us to take scans directly from your bare feet in seconds. The benefits over plaster casting include less mess and a faster turnaround time for your orthotics.