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MRI of the foot: is it useful?

Posted by Irene in TX on 6/26/98 at 12:58 (000849)

A # of people have mentioned MRI's of the foot in the guestbooks. I would like to have one, because my PF is long-standing and severe. Nothing to date has helped it.

I have not been able to find a doctor with any enthusiasm for this procedure. I have been told the MRI is expensive and not very useful.

For those of you who have had an MRI of the foot: What did you learn? Do you feel it was useful in your diagnosis and treatment? If you especially liked the doctor who did this for you, what was his/her name and location? (I live in TX but am willing to travel.)

Thanks,
Irene in TX


Re: MRI of the foot: is it useful?

Cindy on 6/26/98 at 13:06 (000851)

Hi, Irene. Its Cindy in WA! As you know, I had the MRI of both feet last month, and according to those reports, I should be running marathons because there is absolutely nothing wrong with my feet! When I asked the neurologist why they hurt so much, what is wrong if nothing is showing up, he told me he wasn't hired to figure that out, just to read the MRI's. So, for me it was not useful in my treatment, BUT it was very useful for my peace of mind. Now I know that there isn't some wierd thing wrong that can't be picked up by the drs, like a tumor or ganglion or something. Also, two podiatrists told me that it does not mean that there's nothing wrong just because nothing shows up on the MRI. Dr. Barrett told me he's actually had people with negative MRI's who insisted on surgery, and when he got in there, he found a significant problem, like bone fragments, that didn't show up on the MRI. However, the neurologist just thought I was some kind of nut - if it doesn't show up on the tests, its not there.

I would still recommend Dr. Barrett in Houston - he can refer you for an MRI close to home for your convenience. Talk to you soon
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Re: MRI of the foot: is it useful?

Merlyn on 7/04/98 at 08:26 (000915)

Irene I also had an MRI hoping this great imaging would show my problem. The radiologist said it was ok...the doctors at UNIVERSITY OF IOWA said I had a ruptured plantar fasscia,the other report said PF intact...Alot of DOCTORS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO READ THEM..they both agreed that I had fluid accumulation. IT's a big waste of money...mine was over $1200. and some insurance companies do not pay for diagnostic tests. If you are from Texas follow Cindys advise...it sounds like her doctor is on the ball...MERLYN