The Role of Ultrasound in Diagnosing Foot Problems

  • April 26, 2022

One of many primary standards that most doctors need to do is get the proper diagnosis of their patient's problem correct. Until they get that correct, then choices regarding the ideal treatment shouldn't be made and suggestions given around the best treatment advised. Usually a diagnosis was based on the physical assessment in addition to a look at the history of the problem and limited imaging such as an x-ray. If your diagnosis could not be established out of that data, then it became an issue of following the individual to check out how the symptoms progress and then the diagnosis may become more clear. Nowadays aside from the plain and simple x-ray now we have much more sophisticated imaging techniques for example ultrasound that is making the diagnosis method far less difficult. An episode of the podiatrists livestream, PodChatLive has been focused on the issue of diagnostic ultrasound to help determine problems in the foot.

In this edition of PodChatLive the hosts invited on Stuart Wildman to speak about his experiences by using diagnostic ultrasound. Stuart is a Physio, musculoskeletal Sonographer and Director of The Ultrasound Site Ltd based in the UK. They discussed some of the politics and also training regarding ultrasound use, just what the advantages and restrictions of ultrasound are, and the tissues and disorders that can be visualized around the feet and ankle with ultrasound. He is the Owner and Director of The Ultrasound Site Ltd which he launched in 2013. He divides his time between Radiology and Physiotherapy in which he does both diagnostic and guided interventions in both places. He qualified from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom in 2003 with a BSc in Physiotherapy, and went on to get an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at The University of Hertfordshire and a PG Certificate in MSK Sonography at Canterbury and Christ Church University.