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Foot and Ankle X-ray Services

Foot and Ankle X-ray Services in Lyndhurst, OH

One of the many common reasons Dr. Danielle L. Shaper, DPM, sees patients for are foot and ankle injuries and these conditions usually require an x-ray. Finesse Foot Care is equipped with the latest technology to quickly and accurately diagnose your problem and provide the best possible treatment immediately. Contact us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 5035 Mayfield Rd Lyndhurst, OH 44124.

Foot and Ankle X-ray Services Near Me in Lyndhurst, OH
Foot and Ankle X-ray Services Near Me in Lyndhurst, OH

Table of Contents:

What is an X-ray used for?
How do X-rays work?
How do I know if I need an X-ray?
When should you get an X-ray?
What can X-rays diagnose?

What is an X-ray used for?


X-rays are a common lab imaging test that helps your doctor view the inside of your body without having to make an incision. This can help them diagnose, monitor, and treat many medical conditions.
 
Different types of X-rays are used for different purposes; your doctor may order an X-ray to:
 
–       Examine the area where you are experiencing pain or discomfort
–       Monitor the progression of a diagnosed disease, such as osteoporosis
–       Check if a prescribed treatment is working
 
Some conditions that may require an x-ray include:
 
–       Bone cancer
–       Breast tumors
–       Enlarged heart
–       Blocked blood vessels
–       Any conditions affecting your lungs
–       Digestive issues
–       Fractures
–       Osteoporosis
–       Arthritis
–       Tooth decay
–       To retrieve a swallowed item

How do X-rays work?


X-rays have a beam that passes through the body and is absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the materials they pass through. Dense materials include bone and metal which will show up as white on x-rays. The air in your lungs shows up black and fat or muscle appears as a shade of gray.
 
X-rays are largely performed at doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, or hospitals, wherever an x-ray is available and needed. The X-ray machine produces a safe level of radiation that will pass through your body to record images of a specialized plate. You cannot feel the X-ray when this procedure is being done.
 
A tech will position your body appropriately to obtain the necessary views they need. They may offer pillows or sandbags to help you hold a certain position. During the X-ray exposure, you need to remain still and sometimes hold your breath to avoid moving so the image does not come out blurred.
 
An x-ray procedure can take upwards of a few minutes to complete or longer depending on how simple or involved the procedure is.

How do I know if I need an X-ray?


X-rays are completed to view injuries and are best considered by doctors to request on a case-by-case basis. Certain injuries like torn tendons, and hyperextensions, will not show up on an x-ray. There are a few indicators that may suggest you need an X-ray which is:
 
–       Inability to walk (twisted or broken ankle)
–       Joint immobility
–       Pain directly around the bone
–       Swelling that will not decrease with treatment
–       And many other foot and ankle conditions

When should you get an X-ray?


One of the many common reasons we see patients at Finesse Foot Care is for foot and ankle injuries or conditions that usually require an x-ray.
 
X-rays are an important diagnostic tool to evaluate if an issue from your injury is severe and needs surgery or other treatment.
 
Injuries and illnesses can happen to anyone at any time. During your visit to see one of our experienced podiatrists, they will review the injured area, and have a better idea if an x-ray will be necessary to have your injured area get better images, so they have a better idea of how severe it may be.
 
Normally, patients who come to see us with certain injuries like the following would be reason enough to get an x-ray completed:
 
–       Sprains and strains
–       Dislocations
–       Fractures
–       Torn ligaments
–       Broken bones

What can X-rays diagnose?


X-rays are used to examine several areas of the body. Mainly however they are used to have a better look at joints and bones or detect issues affecting soft tissue.
 
Problems that can be detected during an X-ray include:
 
–       Bone fractures and bone breaks
–       Scoliosis
–       Non-cancerous and cancerous bone tumors
–       Torn ligaments
–       Sprain or strains
–       Many ankle and foot injuries
 
Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist to learn more. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online! We serve patients from Lyndhurst OH, Chagrin Falls OH, Beachwood OH, Collinwood OH, Pepper Pike OH, Woodmere OH, Hunting Valley OH, and surrounding areas.