Commentary: Demystifying Doppler – revisiting a vital diagnostic tool

Peta Tehan, Jill Sommerset, Richard Rounsley, Martin Fox

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Doppler is the most commonly utilised vascular assessment tool by podiatrists in Australia and the United Kingdom. Doppler is a key component of many international guidelines for vascular assessment. Used alongside pressure measurements such as ankle and toe-brachial indices, Doppler assists podiatrists to diagnose, triage and subsequently manage patients with peripheral arterial disease. This commentary aims to clarify the importance, technique, and interpretation of continuous wave handheld Doppler in podiatry practice. This commentary presents discussion on the equipment and optimal test conditions for use of Doppler, and guidance on the technique required in podiatry clinical practice. Furthermore, there is a focus on interpretation of the output from Doppler including both audio and visual output. There is in depth discussion about identifying pathology and integration into the clinical management plan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2022


  • Doppler
  • Podiatry
  • vascular assessment

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