A problem-based approach in musculoskeletal ultrasonography: heel pain in adults

Yong Hee Kim, Jee Won Chai, Dong Hyun Kim, Hyo Jin Kim, Jiwoon Seo

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Musculoskeletal ultrasonography (US) has unique advantages, such as excellent spatial resolution for superficial structures, the capability for dynamic imaging, and the ability for direct correlation and provocation of symptoms. For these reasons, US is increasingly used to evaluate problems in small joints, such as the foot and ankle. However, it is almost impossible to evaluate every anatomic structure within a limited time. Therefore, US examinations can be faster and more efficient if radiologists know where to look and image patients with typical symptoms. In this review, common etiologies of heel pain are discussed in a problem-based manner. Knowing the common pain sources and being familiar with their US findings will help radiologists to perform accurate and effective US examinations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-52
Number of pages19
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Ankle
  • Foot
  • Heel
  • Pain
  • Ultrasonography
  • Ultrasound


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