• Users Online: 233
  • Print this page
  • Email this page

Ahead of print publication
Ultrasound imaging in a woman with lateral heel pain

 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Click here for correspondence address and email

Date of Submission07-Dec-2021
Date of Decision05-Jan-2022
Date of Acceptance10-Jan-2022
Date of Web Publication22-Sep-2022

How to cite this URL:
Lee WC, Chen PI, Lin HY. Ultrasound imaging in a woman with lateral heel pain. J Med Ultrasound [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2023 Mar 22]. Available from: http://www.jmuonline.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=356716

  Section 1 – Quiz Top

  Case Top

A 47-year-old woman dancer presented with right lateral heel edema and pain with a numbness sensation. The range of motion of her right ankle was normal. She had not previously undergone any surgery on the affected ankle. The physical examination revealed a right lateral heel mass at the posterior talus–calcaneus junction. The mass was characterized by a mild numbness sensation upon palpitation, which radiated to the lateral heel and foot. She underwent an ultrasound examination [Figure 1]. [Figure 1]a was obtained by placing the transducer between the peroneus muscle and Achilles, where the small saphenous vein and sural nerve are present. The subsequent ultrasound image revealed the long and short axis of a portion of the sural nerve [Figure 1]b and [Figure 1]c. Magnetic resonance imaging was performed for further evaluation and localization [Figure 2].
Figure 1: (a) Was obtained by placing the transducer between the peroneus muscle and Achilles tendon where small saphenous vein and sural nerve just there. (b and c) are ultrasound images of the long axis and short axis of part of the sural nerve. SSV: Small saphenous vein, PL: Peroneus longus muscle, PB: Peroneus brevis muscle

Click here to view
Figure 2: (a) A: Achilles tendon, B: Lateral malleolus of the fibula bone, C: Sural nerve and small saphenous nerve, D: Tibial bone. (b) Magnetic resonance imaging long axis T1 FSE signal revealed an enlarged part of sural nerve compared to Figure 2

Click here to view

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient has given her consent for her images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patient understands that her name and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal her identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

  What is Your Impression? Top

Financial support and sponsorship


Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence Address:
Hong-Yi Lin,
No. 110, Sec. 1, Jianguo N. Rd., South Dist., Taichung City 402306
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


  [Figure 1], [Figure 2]


   Ahead Of Print
 Download PDF Version
     Search Pubmed for
    -  Lee WC
    -  Chen PI
    -  Lin HY

Section 1 –...
What is Your Imp...
Article Figures

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded12    

Recommend this journal