3 Benefits of 3D Foot Scanning For a Sprained Ankle

July 11, 2022
3 Benefits of 3D Foot Scanning For a Sprained Ankle

If you’ve ever sustained an ankle injury, you know just how painful it can be. We live in a world where we are constantly moving, and when we believe we sustained a sprained ankle, we want to fix it as soon as possible. Thankfully, modern technology has made it easier than ever to diagnose and effectively treat an ankle sprain.

The Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains can be incredibly painful. They’re often sustained when one rolls, twists, or otherwise moves their ankle in an awkward way. The movement stretches and tears the ligaments, which causes mild to severe pain.

The symptoms of a sprained ankle can range, but may include

  • A “popping” sensation at the time of the injury
  • Pain in ankle, especially when weight is bared on it
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Swelling of the ankle
  • Bruising of the ankle
  • Restricted range of motion in the ankle

If you suspect you may have sustained an injury, contact a doctor. They may recommend having your ankle evaluated. While this can be done with an external exam or an x-ray, what a patient may not expect is a 3D foot scan. 

The Technology Behind 3D Foot Scanning

3D foot scans use a combination of different technologies in order to effectively diagnose the patient. The machine surface scans the patient’s feet using 3D scanning technologies, which provides a more accurate and intensive scan than 1D or 2D scans do. But what are the benefits of a 3D foot scan?

The Benefits of 3D Foot Scanning for an Ankle Sprain?

Diablo Foot and Ankle has been offering 3D foot scanning since 2020. 3D foot scanning does not require the same amount of resources that traditional foot scanning needs. They also often yield better results and more manageable images.

3D Foot Scanners Provide Higher Accuracy

3D foot scanning provides both patients and doctors with comprehensive information about the sprain you’ve sustained. Often, to provide an accurate diagnosis, doctors require a look inside the injury. While this can be done via x-ray, 3D scanning provides a much more detailed bone scan.

3D Foot Scanners Provide Quicker Results

Standard methods of generating accurate foot scans typically involved a combination of 2d scans via X-rays. These 2D scans could be filtered through like layers in a photo editing set. While it is has been standard practice for quite some time, it is certainly a time consuming process. It can be easy to miss key details going from layer to layer, instead of having everything all in one place. By utilizing 3D Foot SCanners, it is possible to get more accurate imaging in a much quicker span of time. Efficiency will definitely increase through this method.

3D Foot Scanners Are Environmentally Friendly

When an ankle injury is sustained, the first thought on a patient’s mind may not be the impact it will have on the environment. However, the environment is constantly under decay due to modern pollution. This is especially true for waste that comes from medical practices. Consider what was used during the pandemic alone. Reusable masks, disposable tests, cleaning products, rubber gloves, etc. all contributed to a vast amount of waste that was already piling up. This is only from the pandemic alone. With how bad things have gotten, it has become more imperative to find alternative, eco-friendly methods to perform medical procedures. 3D Foot Scanners eliminate a large amount of unnecessary waste through the use of digital renderings and simulations.

For more information and quick tips, visit us here at Diablo Foot and Ankle.  

Common Podiatry Questions

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle.

What does a Podiatrist treat?

A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in the medical and surgical care of the feet. They can treat conditions such as ingrown toenails, fungal toenails, bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis.

What’s the difference between a Podiatrist and Orthopedist?

A Podiatrist and Orthopedist are very similar to each other in many ways. They use most of the same tools and treat a lot of the same conditions. The main difference between the two is their medical training. Podiatrists are trained exclusively on the foot and ankle, whereas the Orthopedic is trained on the whole body with an additional year of training on the foot and ankle.

Where are your Podiatry clinics located?

At Diablo Foot & Ankle, we treat our foot and ankle patients in two main clinic locations in Walnut Creek and in Antioch California. Dr. Eman Elmi and Dr. Shayan Esspoor are Board Certified Podiatrists who specialize in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders.

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