What Will Be Examined During an MRI of the Foot/Ankle Joint?
An MRI can be used to visualise the causes of limited mobility and pain in the foot. In contrast to a simple X-ray image, it is possible to diagnose precisely ruptured hinges or water retention in the foot.
MRI Scan of the Foot/Ankle Joint
Often, pain in the foot is the result of an accident. Whether you twist your ankle on an uneven floor or during some sports activities, a torn ligament in the ankle joint can happen faster than you think. This results not only in ankle pain; over the long term it can lead to instability and a higher risk for accidents. That is why it is so important to diagnose ruptured hinges immediately and start treatment and rehabilitation by these precise findings. The longer foot pain is left untreated the worse the symptoms normally get until the damage becomes irreversible.
Other causes can also result in pain in the foot or ankle. Our ankles carry the entire weight of our bodies. This might result in overloading or infection of muscles, tendons, or bursa sacs. Signs of wear and tear (arthrosis) or rheumatic diseases are also possible triggers for painful ankles. During an MRI, the device takes detailed images of the foot, on which the structure can be seen exactly. These images can be used to determine where the pain in the foot is coming from.
MRI means magnetic resonance imaging. An MRI scan allows physicians to take pictures of the inside of your body. The MRI scanner receives signals from the body via a large magnet and radio waves. These are converted into images by a computer.
The following complaints may be a reason to have an MRI scan of your foot/ankle:
Pain beneath the heel or foot can be caused by inflammation of a tendon (heel spur), for example.
Foot/ankle joint pain that makes walking difficult. This can be caused, for instance, by wear and tear (osteoarthritis).
Pain and stiffness in the foot and ankle joints may indicate wear and tear (osteoarthritis), for example.
A sharp or stabbing pain in the forefoot can indicate, for example, gout, Morton’s neuroma, or a stress fracture.
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