What is a Heel X-Ray?

The heel joint is made up of the ends of the leg bones (tibia and fibula) and the bones in the back part of the foot (tarsal bones). An X-ray machine sends a beam of radiation through the heel, and black and white images of the bones and soft tissues are recorded on a computer or special X-ray film. Dense structures that block the passage of the X-ray beam through the body, such as bones, appear white. Softer body tissues, such as the muscles, allow the X-ray beams to pass through them and appear darker.

Who should get this test?

Heel X-Ray is usually ordered by doctors if you have these indications:

  • your pain is severe
  • the pain starts suddenly
  • you have redness in your ankle
  • you have swelling in your ankle
  • you cannot walk because of the pain in your heel

Is there radiation involved?

Yes. X-ray is an imaging test which involves a small amount of radiation to show pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.


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