Pain in the Foot Evaluation
The evaluation of foot pain begins with a history and physical examination.
Physical findings may include:
- Heel tenderness
- Heel swelling
- Foot bruise
- Foot swelling (unilateral)
- Foot tenderness
- Foot redness
- Foot weakness (unilateral)
- Foot numbness (unilateral)
- Inability to walk
- Inability to move the foot
Testing may not be necessary to evaluate foot pain.
Tests that may be used to evaluate foot pain include:
- Complete blood count
- Serum uric acid level
- Extremity ultrasound:
- May show cysts and other abnormalities
- Foot x-rays:
- Used to detect a fracture or dislocation.
- Bone scanning:
- Detects hairline fractures (stress fractures) you cannot see on x-ray
- MRI scan or the foot or ankle
- Arthroscopy of the ankle joint
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