Diagnostic Examinations

Gold Coast Podiatry utilizes the latest in fully digital X-Ray technology offering the highest resolution images available to reach a diagnosis.  If you are suffering pain or discomfort in your foot, ankle, or lower leg, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.  Dr. Siegel may suggest an X-ray to determine if your foot is broken or if there is another issue that is causing the pain.  

Why X-rays may be needed

Although not as helpful for diagnosing soft tissue or ligament problems, X-rays are very useful when dealing with foot and ankle pain related to bones or other solid objects. A foot, ankle, or lower-leg X-ray may be needed to detect: 

  • Abnormal bone growths.
  • Problems related to Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Bone cancer and tumors.
  • Broken bones and fractures. 
  • Bunions. 
  • Infection of bone. 
  • Joint dislocation. 
  • Normal growth of child's bones.
  • Presence of foreign object. 
  • Alignment of bones

Overview of X-rays

An X-ray uses beams of low-level radiation to create a picture of the inside of your body. Bones and other dense materials (including foreign objects) reflect the rays differently and appear white on the X-ray picture. The produced image allows the doctor to see any breaks, growths, or abnormalities.

Although the amount of radiation from a single X-ray scan is not considered harmful to adults and the X-Ray machine employed at Gold Coast Podiatry utilizes a low scatter beam, pregnant women should avoid X-rays when possible and should use a lead apron to shield the fetus when necessary.