Navicular Fracture

Having lately been put in a cast for my fractured leg, i thought I’d take the time to do some research and fully understnd a) the bone that i have fractured b) causes and treatment and c) the frequence of such a fracture. How I fractured is easy to tell; fell at some steps at college. Now for the foot anatomy.

The diagnosis is a left foot navicular fracture. The navicular bone is a tarsal bone found in the medial side of the fooT. It suprisingly is cartilagenous and so has to calcify in order to be strong and supportive. What does it do I hear you ask; it’s key in keeping the longitudinal arch of the foot.  

A fracture of the navicular occurs when There is an excessive twisting force on the mid foot. There are differenttypes of fractions of thennaviclar, mine being an avulsion type. Luckily i had no displacement which meant that it could heal on its own with the help of my youth and cast immobilisation.  Rule of thumb is cast immobilisation= 6 weeks. Worst case scenario is immediate operating.

It’s not a very common fracture but is common amongst young athletes as a stress fracture. However detecting it can be hard and so many athletes suffer it without diagnosis. In a study by Torgal et al, on average an unbelievable 7months was between fracture occuring and its diagnosis. However this was in 1982 and its fair to say that the health care system has advanced a lot since then.

Having this been my first post, please excuse the topic. With exams and all I haven’t had the chance to blog on articles and topics i have stumbled upon.

À bientôt