What is the role of MRI in the diagnosis of plantar heel pain?

Updated: Oct 01, 2018
  • Author: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Thomas C Dowd, MD  more...
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to confirm a diagnosis, such as a stress fracture, especially in the early stages before it is detectable with plain radiography. MRI is also used to investigate further for soft-tissue or bone lesions in the hindfoot. In persons with plantar fasciitis, this modality demonstrates edema and thickening of the plantar fascia, but MRI is not used to diagnose this condition. Any space-occupying lesions in the tarsal tunnel that could cause a tarsal tunnel syndrome are also revealed. [27]


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