Dr. Sidney Weiser, A DPM Certified Podiatrist/Foot and Ankle Surgeon Located in the Chicagoland Area
Diagnosis Treatments

X-rays of the foot or ankle can help us determine whether a bone has been fractured or injured or damaged by conditions such as an infection, arthritis, or other disease.

Other reasons for conventional X-rays on your
feet include:
Evaluate changes in the bones caused by such things as an infection, arthritis, or other bone disease.
Help evaluate whether a child's bones are growing normally.
Locate foreign objects (such as pieces of glass or metal) in a wound.
To determine whether bones are properly set after treating a fracture and placing a cast on an arm or leg.


Magnetic resonance imaging is a sophisticated diagnostic procedure to diagnose the following kinds of problems or conditions:
Injuries of the tendons, ligaments, or cartilage.
MRIs use no radiation like conventional X-rays or CT scans. They employ a large magnet and radio waves to produce a kind of three-dimensional image. MRIs are very good at portraying soft tissues and bones in your feet and ankles. There are conditions which may not make you a good candidate for a MRI such as having a pacemaker or various implants.

If you have a dental filling or bridge, a replacement hip or knee, or tubal ligation clips, you are usually safe to have a MRI. In most cases, a full exam of the foot and ankle lasts from one hour to 90 minutes.