The navicular bone is located at the top of the foot. This bone is likely to be fractured by athletes while kicking, sprinting, twisting, or falling. A fracture will cause pain when the anterior medial area is touched, limping, and a change in gait. Pain associated with the navicular may vanish soon after the injury, only to return later when that part of the foot is manipulated. Diagnosis with problems associated with the navicular can be determined after a CT scan or an MRI. CT scans are computer-generated images of the body, and MRIs take images using magnetic waves. Treatment options for injury to the navicular include utilizing a non-weight bearing cast to hold the bones stable so they can mend. If surgery is recommended, the surgeon will place screws into the bone to secure it. The patient will wear a cast after the surgery. The doctor will then manually check the navicular to see if the patient feels pain when the top of the foot is manipulated.
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