Navicular Stress Fracture

by admin on April 7, 2012

Navicular stress fractures are not common, but are a problem when the do occur. The navicular bone is one the key bones in the structure of the arch of the foot, so is subjected to substantial load. If the bone cannot take that load, then a navicular stress fracture is at risk of occurring. A key feature of a navicular stress fracture is the spot tenderness right over the bone. Imaging can be used to confirm the diagnosis of a navicular stress fracture. An athlete with a navicular stress fracture will need at least weeks immobilisation followed by a very slow and gradual return to sports activity.

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