Why Do I Need an X-ray (If I Think My Foot Is Broken)?

Houston podiatrist discusses using an x-ray to diagnose a foot fractureIf you're coming into the podiatrist's office and it's your first time, you may not know what to expect. So, I had a chance to talk with my team and find the more common questions that people ask, to be able to share something answers with you.

Hi, I'm Houston podiatrist, Dr. Andrew Schneider. I remember growing up and at the back of the comic books, they had all these kind of novelty items and one was for x-ray specs. They were these glasses and with cardboard lenses with pinholes in them, and then there were swirls or spirals on the lenses themselves. I've always wanted a pair x-ray specs, but my parents never got them for me because they said it was silly.

In hindsight, I would probably say the same to my kids, but when people come into the office and they're concerned that they have a fracture or a concern they have a stress fracture, one of the things we need to do is take an x-ray. And people often wonder, well, if I think I have a fracture, why do I need an x-ray? Well, I always answer, I left my x-ray glasses at home. I wish I had x-ray glasses at home. But the truth is if you have anything going on from a musculoskeletal perspective, I have to rule out an issue going on with the bone, whether it be a fracture, a stress fracture, a stress reaction, arthritis, an issue with the joint, a bone spur. There are a lot of things that we can find on an x-ray and be able to treat you with.

Especially if you think you injured yourself and have a fracture, if we don't get that x-ray and don't see that bone and make sure that everything is under control, we will not be able to properly treat you. So when you come into the office and we tell you that you need an x-ray, it's certainly fine to ask why, but that's going to be the answer that we give you. We need to be able to best diagnose you in order to best treat you.

If you have any questions or you need to schedule an appointment, give us a call at the office or visit our website at www.tanglewoodfootspecialists.com. Thanks so much for watching and have a great day.

 

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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.