Looking for a podiatrist who is head over heels for your health? Don’t drag your feet! Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists provides excellence in foot care. Our Belvidere office uses a variety of diagnostic procedures and treatment methods to promote long-term foot health. We want you to feel like you’re on top of the world!
Diagnosing Your Condition
We are always eager to listen to your health concerns. We maintain the highest levels of podiatric medical training and accreditation to best serve your needs. Our office provides a full range of surgical, nonsurgical, and conservative treatments for all ages. In order to find the treatment that best suits you, we will ask several questions to determine the initial root of your foot pain and perform an overall physical examination of the feet to evaluate your injuries. Further diagnostics may be needed, because not all abnormalities are visible to the eye during physical examination. The following tools are helpful in diagnosing and treating foot or ankle problems.
X-rays help determine whether or not a bone has been fractured or broken. They aid podiatrists in evaluating areas that are affected by conditions such as infection or arthritis, assessing bone growth, locating foreign objects (such as a splinter or piece of glass), and determining whether bones are properly set after treatment of fractures or breaks.
Computed tomography (CT) examination, also known as a CAT scan, is a type of X-ray that provides your doctor with a three-dimensional image of your foot. CT scans accurately isolate the problem areas. Common foot problems that are discovered through the use of computed tomography include: flat feet, arthritis, fractures, tumors, and infections.
Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI’s use large magnet and radio waves to produce three-dimensional images. Unlike X-rays and CT scans, this sophisticated equipment does not use radiation. MRI’s are particularly excellent at portraying soft tissues and bones in your feet and ankles, which makes for swift diagnosis of injuries to the tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. These scans take a considerable amount of time. A full scan of the foot and ankle will last between 60 and 90 minutes.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to diagnose a wide variety of foot ailments. During an ultrasound, waves hit a targeted area of the body and bounce back to a recording device. This recording produces an image of your foot, paying particular attention to the soft tissues. This procedure is safe, noninvasive, and painless. Ultrasounds commonly find foot and ankle problems such as: presence of foreign objects, bursitis, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, tarsal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tears and injuries to ligaments, and soft tissue masses.
Conservative Treatment Methods
No matter what type of conservative treatment you require, Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists has the answer. In order to manage foot pain, we have compiled many treatment options to help you with every type of foot pain and condition that you are experiencing.
At Shoe World, a division of Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, we have footwear to suit your needs. From casual and dress to diabetic and athletic, we’ll find the pair for you. Our shoe store provides patients with custom orthotics that treat deformed feet. We understand that over years of gradual change due to improper gait, shoe wear, or hereditary defects your feet may be screaming. Our orthotic devices reduce pain and discomfort.
If your foot condition is severe, surgery may be the best option. As surgery is invasive and the recovery period may be extensive, it is usually a last resort. Based on your age, lifestyle, and medical history, we will help you decide what surgical method distinctly suites your unique foot. Common foot problems addressed by surgical procedures include:
- Arthritis and joint disease
- Benign and malignant tumors
- Birth deformities
- Heel spurs
- Sprains and fractures
You mean the world to us! We are dedicated to providing you with a lifetime of foot pain relief. If you have any questions regarding medical care procedures or treatments, call our office at (908) 475-8750 and speak to our friendly staff, or schedule an appointment online. Don’t delay, visit us today!