The doctors at the Cary-Grove Foot & Ankle Center use X-rays to determine the cause of symptoms such as pain, swelling, tenderness or deformities. An X-ray is also used to detect tumors, cysts and advanced bone infections.
An X-ray also helps our doctors detect dislocated joints and broken bones. Sometimes we use X-rays after treatment, as well, to ensure that a patient’s condition has mended properly. For example, after Dr. Massaro or Dr. McEneaney sets a broken bone, an X-ray can help determine if the bones are in alignment and if they have healed properly. Our doctors will use X-rays if surgery is required, as well. They use radiography to evaluate the results of the operation.
You’ll be happy to know that X-rays are safe and painless, as they only use a small amount of radiation when making an image of a patient’s foot. To ensure proper diagnosis, our doctors usually take three X-rays: an anteroposterior view (front view); a lateral “lat” view (side view); and an oblique view (angled view).