Muscle & Joint > Foot


All fees inclusive – Payment taken at time of booking.

45 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9JF

What is Included?

Consultant radiologist opinion

Same-day results

Available for self-pay or insured

No referral required

Your Ultrasound Checks For:

Bone and joint health

Joint and soft tissue conditions of the foot and toes

Inflammation and signs of inflammation



Swellings or growths


1. What is a Foot Ultrasound scan?

A foot ultrasound is an assessment of the structures around the foot joint which examines the following:
– The foot (tarsal, metatarsal and interphalangeal) joints
– Muscles and nerves around the foot
– Plantar plate
– Flexor and extensor tendons
– Lining (sheath)

2. Foot Ultrasound: Conditions and causes, symptoms and when to consult a doctor

Common conditions and causes:
– Synovitis (inflammation of the joint which causes swelling and foot pain
– Morton’s neuroma which causes forefoot pain and numbness (between the toes)
– Plantar plate rupture (tuft toe) which causes swelling, pain, restricted movement and toe deformity
– Tendinosis or Tenosynovitis which causes swelling and pain in the ankles (inner and outer sides)
– Soft tissue tumour

Common symptoms:
– Swelling
– Pain
– Restricted range of movement
– Lumps or bumps around the foot
If you are experiencing the symptoms above, consult your doctor. You may need an ultrasound scan for a

3. Foot Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?

A foot ultrasound scan is a pain free examination which will last for approximately 30 minutes. Here is
what happens at your appointment:

1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked to remove any jewellery, accessories and other objects which may
interfere with the ultrasound scan.

2. You’ll be asked to lie or sit on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to your affected foot. 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 your affected foot and then manoeuvred 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 gel may feel a little cold but the procedure does not cause any pain. * 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, the gel will be wiped off your foot.

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. We will email or post this report separately to you and your doctor within x-x working days. 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. Foot Ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment

No preparation is required for this scan.