Imaging of Soft Tissue Lesions of the Foot and Ankle

Laura W. Bancroft, Jeffrey J. Peterson, Mark J. Kransdorf

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Differential diagnosis of soft tissue lesions of the foot can be narrowed with imaging. The cystic nature of ganglia, synovial cysts, and bursitis can be confirmed with MR imaging or sonography. Location and signal characteristics of noncystic lesions can suggest Morton's neuroma, giant cell tumor of tendon sheath, and plantar fibromatosis. Synovial-based lesions of the foot and ankle can be differentiated based on presence or absence of mineralization, lesion density, signal intensity, and enhancement pattern. Knowledge of the incidence of specific neoplasms of the foot and ankle based on patient age aids in providing a limited differential diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1103
Number of pages11
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008


  • Ankle
  • Foot
  • MRI
  • Tumor
  • Tumor-like conditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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