The most common type of stress fracture, a Navicular Stress Fracture often occurs in athletes involved in sprinting or jumping sports. The navicular bone helps to maintain the inner part of the arch of the foot and sits next to the talus bone, on top of the calcaneus bone. Treatment frequently involves rest for 6-8 weeks, with a gradual return to sport or activity. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
What is it?
A Navicular Stress Fracture is a small crack in the navicular bone, which helps to maintain the inner part of the arch of the foot.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Common Symptoms include pain in the mid-foot which worsens with weight-bearing and tender spots on top of the foot at the navicular bone. Pain may further emerge along the inner arch of the foot.
Common Assessments: Assessment for a Navicular Stress Fracture includes evaluating pain levels and location, identifying tenderness with the application of direct pressure to the area, strength and range of motion testing, and often, an X-ray will confirm the diagnosis.
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