(Tarsal Navicular Fracture)
|Navicular Bone of the Foot|
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- Vague, aching pain in the top, middle portion of your foot, which may radiate along your arch
- Increasing pain with activity
- Pain on one foot only
- Altered gait
- Pain that resolves with rest
- Swelling of the foot
- Tenderness to touch on the inside aspect of the foot
- X-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body, especially bones
- Bone scan—a test that creates an image of the bones by using a low-dose radioactive substance injected into a vein
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the body
- MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the body. This is particularly useful with stress fractures.
- Wear well-fitting, supportive shoes appropriate for the type of activity you are doing.
- Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
- Do weight-bearing exercises to build strong bones.
- Build strong muscles and practice balancing exercises to prevent falls.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society http://www.aofas.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
Coris EE, Lombardo JA. Tarsal navicular stress fractures. American Family Physician website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030101/85.pdf . Accessed June 26, 2007.
Stress fractures of the foot and ankle. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/fact/thr%5Freport.cfm?Thread%5FID=367&topcategory=Foot . Accessed June 26, 2007.
- Reviewer: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/92/2012 -