X-rays are used by podiatrists as a diagnostic tool to confirm or rule out a variety of foot and ankle conditions. While traditional X-rays capture images of the inside of your body on film, digital X-rays capture those same images on a computer. There are many advantages to digital X-rays. In addition to capturing clearer and more accurate images than their traditional counterparts, digital X-rays also produce less radiation and waste, making them safer for patients. Furthermore, digital X-ray images are stored on computers, where the images can be measured with greater accuracy and examined more carefully. Digital storage also means that these X-rays are easier to share with patients, their families, caregivers, and other healthcare providers in order to ensure better patient education and continuity of care. Sometimes, patients need to have a series of X-rays taken over a long period of time. Digital X-rays allow your doctor to compare previous and current X-rays and visualize changes in the structure of the bones and any problems affecting them over time.
Podiatrists use digital X-rays to diagnose a variety of foot and ankle problems, such as fractures, arthritis, infections, bone diseases, tumors, and deformities. If you are in the process of recovering from a fracture, the doctor may take an X-ray to ensure that your bones are healing properly. X-rays can also be used to diagnose foot and ankle anomalies or bone growth problems in children. If you are experiencing foot and ankle pain, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.