If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right.Switch to Accessible Site

Common Diagnostic Tests for Foot and Ankle Pain

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Common diagnostic tests for foot and ankle pain encompass a variety of methods aimed at identifying the underlying cause of discomfort and informing appropriate treatment strategies. X-rays are often the initial imaging choice, providing detailed views of bones to detect fractures, arthritis, or bone abnormalities. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, offers more comprehensive images, particularly useful for soft tissue injuries, such as ligament tears or tendon damage. Ultrasound scans provide real-time imaging and are effective for assessing soft tissue structures like tendons and ligaments. CT scans may be used to visualize complex fractures or detailed bone structures. Additionally, diagnostic procedures like electromyography, EMG, and nerve conduction studies, NCS, help assess nerve function, aiding in the diagnosis of conditions like peripheral neuropathy or nerve compression syndromes. Physical examination techniques, including range of motion tests and palpation, complement these diagnostic tests, providing valuable insights into the source of foot and ankle pain. If you have foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine you and conduct tests necessary to properly diagnose and treat you.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Howard Waxman, DPM from Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Foot Pain
Connect with us