Foot and ankle imaging in the athlete

Clin Podiatr Med Surg. 2008 Apr;25(2):249-62, vi-vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cpm.2007.12.005.


Foot and ankle injuries are among the most common of all sports-related injuries. Many injuries are simplistic from a diagnostic standpoint, whereas others require a high level of suspicion and the use of appropriate diagnostic imaging modalities. Whether a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, all athletes want minimal disruption to their sporting activity and a quick return to competition. An accurate diagnosis aids in the development of an appropriate rehabilitation program and in return to activity. This article reviews the more common foot and ankle injuries seen in the podiatrist's office and the preferred imaging modalities used to evaluate them.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnosis*
  • Fractures, Stress / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Ligaments, Articular / injuries
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Metatarsophalangeal Joint / injuries
  • Sesamoid Bones
  • Sprains and Strains / diagnosis*
  • Talus / injuries
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed