Consultant radiologist opinion
Available for self-pay or insured
No referral required
Bone and joint health
Inflammation and signs of inflammation
1. What is an Ankle Ultrasound scan?
An Ankle ultrasound is an assessment of the ankle joint and surrounding structures (muscles, tendons, tissue, ligaments and nerves), specifically the:
– Achilles tendon
– Ankle and subtalar joints
– Syndesmotic ligaments
– Lateral collateral ligaments (ATFL)
– Plantar fascia
– Flexor, extensor and peroneal tendons
– Lining (sheath)
2. Ankle Ultrasound: Conditions, causes, symptoms and when to see a doctor
Common conditions and causes include:
– Achilles tendon pathology which causes swelling and pain in the heel
– Inflammation of the joint (synovitis) which causes ankle swelling and pain
– Plantar fasciitis which causes pain in the heel
– Retrocalcaneal bursitis which causes swelling and pain in back of the ankle
– Tendinosis or Tenosynovitis which causes swelling and pain in the ankles (inner and outer sides)
– Syndesmotic and lateral collateral ligaments injury (ATFL) (twisted ankle) which causes ankle pain (outer side)
– Soft tissue tumour
– Restricted range of movement
– Lumps or bumps around the ankle
If you experience the symptoms above, consult your doctor. You may need an ultrasound scan for a
3. Ankle Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?
The hip ultrasound scan is a pain free examination which will take 30-45 minutes to complete. Here is what happens at your appointment:
1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked to change in to a medical gown (if required) and remove any jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.
2. You’ll be asked to sit or lie on your side or back on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to the hip area. The gel works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the body more efficiently.
3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device* will be placed on the area of the hip and moved around it whilst applying gentle pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. The procedure does not cause any discomfort.
* The ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up responding signals.
4. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, you’ll be given tissue to wipe the gel off, you can then get dressed.
5. The doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you. A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor. As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can go home immediately after your appointment.
4. Ankle Ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment
No preparation is required for this scan.