There are many patients that don't know if they should get an x-ray for their foot problem. Especially toe breaks because they don't think anything can be done for them. However, sometimes if the break is dislocated or in a number of pieces an x-ray can be helpful.
Here is a good article I found in the journal of family practice on x-rays and foot pain. It covers some of the more commonly misdiagnosed foot problems that I see in the practice like a AVN of the metatarsal, plantar fasciitis, stress fracture and tarsal coalitions.
Click HERE to read the article.
To your health,
Dr. Donald Pelto