Laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics help pinpoint the underlying causes of foot and ankle pain to relieve symptoms and promote healing. At North Central Texas Foot & Ankle, the team of expert podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons uses laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics to better understand the relationship between diet, genetics, and environmental stressors and their effect on the feet and ankles. Call the nearest office in Decatur or Roanoke, Texas, to schedule a consultation, or book your appointment online today.

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What are laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics?

Laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics aim to explain the link between your genes, lifestyle, and environment. Specifically, these specialized podiatry screenings use tests like blood work, diagnostic imaging, and gait analysis to pinpoint the source of foot and ankle pain and help guide treatment.

Traditional podiatry care typically involves a physical exam and X-rays. These procedures can effectively diagnose and treat foot and ankle pain, but they overlook all of the complex underlying factors that contribute to their development.

Laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics are different in that they investigate all of the potential influencing factors, from diet and genetics to environmental factors and lifestyle. By looking at the big picture, it’s easier to treat symptoms and prevent them from worsening.

What does laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics involve?

The North Central Texas Foot & Ankle team tailors laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics to each person’s needs. They could suggest:

Lab testing

Lab tests, such as blood work and urinalysis, analyze bodily fluids to gain insights into your health. For example, a rheumatoid factor (RF) test looks for antibodies in your blood that indicate rheumatoid arthritis.

Diagnostic imaging

Diagnostic imaging — X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and ultrasound — let your podiatrist look at your bones, joints, nerves, and soft tissues. These procedures help pinpoint the source of your symptoms and play a vital role in developing treatment plans.

Gait analysis

Gait analysis assesses how you move when walking and running. It’s used to identify movement abnormalities, like uneven hips or bowed legs. These problems aren’t always easy to spot, but without treatment, they can affect your mobility and quality of life.

Environmental testing

Environmental testing evaluates things in your environment that might contribute to foot or ankle pain. For example, if you smoke or work with toxic chemicals, these environmental factors can reduce blood flow to your feet, increase the risk of nerve damage, and cause chronic pain.

Genetic testing

Genetic testing checks for gene abnormalities that contribute to foot and ankle pain and mobility problems. Genetics are responsible for several common foot problems, including flat feet, bunions, hammertoes, and foot ulcers.

Why are laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics important?

Laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics are important because they help the North Central Texas Foot & Ankle team better understand the exact cause of your foot or ankle pain. By investigating the various factors that contribute to your symptoms, they can improve your health and permanently alleviate your pain.

Call the nearest North Central Texas Foot & Ankle office to schedule laboratory-assisted mechanistic diagnostics, or book your appointment online today.