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Podiatry Foot & Ankle X-Rays are a particular subset of radiography that throw up a few unique challenges. The positions themselves are relatively normal and easy to achieve, however it is the condition of the patient that can make these examinations particularly challenging.

One of the most important considerations with podiatry x-rays is consistency and reproducability. X-rays need to be performed the same way everytime. If your department has a particular protocol (ie lateral-medial projection for lateral feet not medial-lateral as in normal lateral feet), then it is extremely important that you follow it.

The following is a relatively comprehensive list of the views a podiatrist may ask you to perform.


  • Weight Bearing Dorsoplantar (DP) view
  • Weight Bearing Lateral (Lat) view
  • Non Weight Bearing Medial oblique (MO) view
  • Non Weight Bearing Lateral oblique (LO) view
  • Lateral Hallux
  • Composite Dorsoplantar (DP) view


  • Weight Bearing Anterior Posterior (AP) view
  • Weight Bearing Lateral (Lat) view
  • Ankle Mortice Medial Oblique (MO) view
  • Inversion Stress view

Non-standard Views

  • Axial Calcaneus view
  • Plantar Axial (Ski Jump) view
  • Coalition View (Harris and Beath) view
  • Isherwood view

There are of course, other views. There is always someone who wants a view you have never heard of, or have heard of (but know by another name). I was recently asked for a "tangential view across to dorsal surface to image the base of the metatarsals and cuneiform joints". Yes, I had no idea either.

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