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Podiatry Factoid

Excessive training, such as running long distances without rest, places repeated stress on the foot and ankle. The result can be stress fractures and muscle/tendon strains.
Computed Tomography

Sometime, a podiatrist may prescribe a computed tomography (CT) examination (also known as a "CAT scan") to help diagnose and treat a foot or ankle problem. A CT is a kind of X-ray device that takes cross sectional images of a part of the body, giving the physician a three-dimensional image:

Common foot problems a CT exam can address include: arthritis, deformities, flat feet, foreign bodies, fractures, infection, and tumors.

CT scans are often superior to conventional X-rays because they can more accurately pinpoint a suspected problem.

Pregnant women, especially those in their first trimester, are advised against having a CT exam or any X-ray examination.