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MR Imaging for Evaluation of Plantar Pain

Verma, Saurabh BA; Feldman, Jeremy MD; Mohsen, Nancy MD

Contemporary Diagnostic Radiology: May 15th, 2014 - Volume 37 - Issue 10 - p 1–5
doi: 10.1097/01.CDR.0000446816.76464.8d

Plantar pain is a common complaint among patients who undergo imaging of the foot and ankle. The etiologies of plantar pain are varied and may arise from traumatic, infectious, oncologic, vascular, and systemic inflammatory causes. An understanding of the anatomy of the foot and ankle, paired with knowledge of the patient's clinical presentation and the common imaging diagnoses, allows the radiologist to come to either a definitive diagnosis or a reasonable differential diagnosis that can lead the clinician to the correct diagnosis. Radiography, CT, and ultrasound can assist in diagnosing the cause of the plantar pain. However, MRI plays a dominant role, given its excellent soft tissue contrast and superior evaluation of the bone marrow and soft tissues obtained from a single imaging modality.

Mr. Verma is Medical Student, Dr. Feldman is Radiology Resident, and Dr. Mohsen is Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Hahnemann Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine, Broad and Vine Streets, Philadelphia, PA, 19102; E-mail:

After participating in this activity, the diagnostic radiologist should be better able to diagnose the multiple etiologies of plantar pain by utilizing MR imaging.

The authors and all staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity and their spouses/life partners (if any) have disclosed that they have no relationships with, or financial interests in, any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.

Lippincott Continuing Medical Education Institute, Inc., is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Lippincott Continuing Medical Education Institute, Inc., designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. To earn CME credit, you must read the CME article and complete the quiz and evaluation on the enclosed answer form, answering at least seven of the 10 quiz questions correctly. This continuing medical education activity expires on August 8, 2014.

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