The lateral view X-ray is captured from the patient’s side. It visualises the heel bone, skin, and muscles around it. It helps to detect fractures, infections, osteoporosis, deformities, or abnormal growth surrounding the heel. Severe heel pain is a common symptom, which this X-Ray can diagnose. An X-ray uses radiation to create a picture of the area. A radiologist will assess the images and send a report.
A plain X-ray usually takes 15 minutes. It is a safe and painless technique, and the radiation exposure is minimal. Doctors (and X-ray technicians) must be informed of pregnancies as the radiation may affect the fetus.