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Ultrasound Guided Injections at Arizona Foot: Precise, Effective Treatment

If you're suffering from joint pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or other foot and ankle conditions, ultrasound guided injections offer a minimally invasive solution with maximum impact. At Arizona Foot in Scottsdale, our award-winning podiatrist Dr. Kris DiNucci, DPM FACFAS utilizes this advanced technique to deliver targeted pain relief and therapeutic medications precisely where they're needed most.

Located at 7304 E Deer Valley Road Ste #100, our state-of-the-art facility provides ultrasound guided injection treatment for patients throughout the Scottsdale area. We specialize in using ultrasound guidance to accurately inject medications into inflamed joints, tendons, plantar fascia and other structures - improving outcomes while minimizing risks.  

What is an Ultrasound Guided Injection?

During an ultrasound guided injection, Dr. DiNucci uses live ultrasound imaging to visualize the internal structures of the foot or ankle in real time. This allows him to precisely guide the needle to the intended target area, such as:

  • A joint space for injecting corticosteroids to reduce inflammation 
  • A tendon sheath for targeted tendonitis treatment
  • The plantar fascia for plantar fasciitis injections
  • Surrounding a Morton's neuroma 
  • Other painful areas

The ultrasound guided injection procedure is minimally invasive and takes only 10-15 minutes to complete. Sedation is typically not required, though the area is numbed with a local anesthetic for patient comfort.

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Unmatched Accuracy & Precision

The key advantage of ultrasound guidance is the ability to visualize and accurately inject even deep structures that can't be palpated or "felt." This unmatched precision ensures medications go exactly where intended rather than potentially missing the mark with a blind injection.  

Benefits of this targeted approach include:

  • Maximizing the effectiveness of corticosteroids, viscosupplements, PRP and other injectables
  • Minimizing risks and potential complications from inaccurate needle placement
  • Relieving pain by treating the direct source/cause 
  • Monitoring the injection in real-time on the ultrasound screen
  • Adjusting the needle position as needed to reach the ideal location
  • Avoiding unintentional injection into nerves, blood vessels and other sensitive structures
  • Often providing longer-lasting relief compared to blind injections

In essence, ultrasound guidance takes the guesswork out of therapeutic injections and improves outcomes.

When are Ultrasound Guided Injections Used?

At Arizona Foot, we frequently use ultrasound guided injections to treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including:

Ultrasound Guided Injection for Joint Pain/Arthritis

Injecting corticosteroids directly into inflamed joints of the foot & ankle helps relieve arthritic pain and restore mobility. Ultrasound imaging ensures precise needle placement into even small joints.

Ultrasound Guided Injection for Tendonitis/Tendon Injuries

Chronic Achilles tendonitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, and other tendon injuries can be treated with injections of corticosteroids and other medications. Ultrasound guidance allows accurate injections into these narrow tendon sheaths.

Ultrasound Guided Plantar Fasciitis Injections

For severe, stubborn cases of plantar fasciitis, ultrasound guided injections deliver anti-inflammatory medication directly into the inflamed plantar fascia band on the bottom of the foot.  

The CPT code (billing code) for an ultrasound guided injection is typically:

  • 20611 - Ultrasound guided injection 

Or may involve additional codes like:

  • 76942 - Ultrasonic guidance for needle placement 

We often use ultrasound guidance for injections into the hip and shoulder as well, including:

Ultrasound Guided Hip Injection

Hip joint injections using corticosteroids or viscos supplements to treat arthritis, bursitis and other hip conditions.  

Ultrasound Guided Shoulder Injection  

Injecting medications into various areas of the shoulder, such as the joint space, bursa, or rotator cuff tendons relieves pain and inflammation.

Whatever the condition, ultrasound guided injections at Arizona Foot ensure treatment is delivered accurately to the precise area needed.

What to Expect During the Procedure

When you arrive for your ultrasound guided injection appointment, you'll be escorted to one of our ultrasound rooms equipped with cutting-edge imaging technology. The process involves:

  • Prepping the area by cleaning the skin and applying a conductive gel
  • Using the ultrasound probe to visualize the internal structures on the monitor  
  • Identifying and marking the precise injection site
  • Applying a local anesthetic to numb the area 
  • Under constant ultrasound guidance, Dr. DiNucci will insert and position the needle
  • Injecting the medication, such as a corticosteroid or viscosupplement  
  • Monitoring to ensure the full dose reaches the intended target
  • Removing the needle and applying a bandage

The entire procedure is minimally invasive and quick, typically taking just 10-15 minutes. You'll be able to walk out of our office afterward, though we recommend taking it easy for the rest of the day.  

Why Choose Arizona Foot for Ultrasound Guided Injections?

When it comes to ultrasound guided injections and other advanced treatments for foot and ankle conditions, Arizona Foot is a leading provider in the Scottsdale region. Here's why patients choose our practice:

State-of-the-Art Facility & Technology

Our modern office features multiple ultrasound rooms equipped with cutting-edge imaging systems and other technology to ensure optimal precision and patient comfort.  

Experienced, Board-Certified Podiatrist

Dr. DiNucci is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon with extensive experience in ultrasound-guided and other minimally invasive treatments. His expertise helps maximize outcomes.

Comprehensive Treatment Approach  

While providing ultrasound guided injections, our team also utilizes other therapies like orthotics, physical therapy, PRP and more to fully resolve foot/ankle issues.

Personalized Care

We take a customized approach, carefully evaluating each patient's unique condition and creating an individualized treatment plan to best meet their needs.

Our Professional Team

In addition to Dr. DiNucci, our experienced team at Arizona Foot includes:

  • Certified medical assistants
  • Physical therapists
  • Orthotic Specialists
  • Surgery coordinator

We work together in a collaborative, multidisciplinary manner to ensure comprehensive care for every patient we treat. Our staff prioritizes compassion, clear communication and outstanding service.

Customer Feedback

Over the years, Arizona Foot has earned a stellar reputation in the Scottsdale community for our expertise and patient-focused approach. Previous patients rave about their experiences, as evidenced by reviews like these:

Don't let foot, ankle or joint pain keep you sidelined any longer. The ultrasound guided injection capabilities at Arizona Foot provide a minimally invasive solution to deliver targeted relief and healing right where you need it most.

Whether you're suffering from arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or other conditions, our team utilizes the latest ultrasound technology to precisely guide injectable medications to the source of your pain and inflammation. This accuracy helps maximize the effectiveness while minimizing risks and discomfort.

If you're interested in exploring ultrasound guided injections or other treatment options, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Arizona Foot. Call our Scottsdale office today at 480.342.9999 or request an appointment online. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. DiNucci will recommend the best path forward to get you back on your feet and feeling your best.


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Customer Feedback

At Arizona Foot, we take great pride in the positive feedback we receive from our patients. Their satisfaction is our top priority. And we strive to exceed their expectations with every interaction. Here are a few testimonials from our valued patients: