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Doctor insights on: Osteochondritis Of Tarsal Navicular Bone

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Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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I have a chronic avulsion fx of tarsal navicular and associated cyst in the bone and dr won't do anything. Is there truly nothing to do for this?

I have a chronic avulsion fx of tarsal navicular and associated cyst in the bone and dr won't do anything. Is there truly nothing to do for this?

If it hurts, fix it.: The only reason to do anything is if there is pain or a deformity that is affecting your life style. If your doctor won't do anything, keep looking, there are quite a few that are more than willing to assist you. ...Read more

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Why are fractures of the tarsal navicular more serious than other bones in the foot?

Why are fractures of the tarsal navicular more serious than other bones in the foot?

Key structural bone: The Navicular bone is a key bone in the overall structure of the midfoot. Unlike a metatarsal stress fracture which often can rely on the other metatarsal to the brunt of the stress from weightbearing, there is only one navicular and it's articulation is key in supporting the arch of the foot. ...Read more

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I have AVN in my tarsal navicular. Pain is only bad after sitting or laying down. It's like a start-up pain. Walking fjne. Why?

I have AVN in my tarsal navicular. Pain is only bad after sitting or laying down. It's like a start-up pain. Walking fjne. Why?

It is possible: Attachments to the one I.e ligaments etc contract while you are at rest and start tugging at the one when you are mobile.... ...Read more

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Can't find anything on tarsal navicular subchondral fractures. Are they that rare? Are they serious? What are the options

Can't find anything on tarsal navicular subchondral fractures. Are they that rare? Are they serious? What are the options

If you are in pain : Or if the condition can potentially cause further issues it is serious. I answered in your first question a bone stimulator would be a good treatment. You would also obviously have the foot immobilized. I think you said you were in a walking boot. You may want. To consider crutches. If your a smoker you must stop, and have your vitamin d levels checked. ...Read more

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Chipped tarsal navicular that never healed so was recommended to have chip removed. How is recovery for this?

Chipped tarsal navicular that never healed so was recommended to have chip removed. How is recovery for this?

Chip off the old blk: Depending on the size of the "chip" the healing can be around 3-4 weeks. There are times when total recovery can take months or even longer. ...Read more

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My chipped tarsal navicular never healed after 4 months so dr said they can remove the chip. Should I have this done?

My chipped tarsal navicular never healed after 4 months so dr said they can remove the chip. Should I have this done?

Maybe?: Is this a trauma fracture or an avulsion of an accessory bone? How big is the fracture fragment and how much is it separated? Also how was this initially treated? All this questions have to be answered first. A majority of the Posterior Tibial Tendon inserts into this bone and Sometimes the contraction can lead to an avulsion fracture. You need to be casted and off weight bearing for 2 months. ...Read more

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Fractured tarsal navicular. Immobilized for 3 months and podiatrist said I can get out of boot now. Still achy down there. This normal?

Fractured tarsal navicular. Immobilized for 3 months and podiatrist said I can get out of boot now. Still achy down there. This normal?

Fracture: Aching can be normal as you return to activity . Always phase out of the boot as you don't want to over stress a freshly healed area . Continued aching can be a sign that it may not be healed . See your podiatrist if that occurs ...Read more

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Given that you can't get a joint replacement since navicular isn't one, how would they treat AVN of the tarsal navicular?

Given that you can't get a joint replacement since navicular isn't one, how would they treat AVN of the tarsal navicular?

Avascular necrosis: AVN refers to a disruption of the vascular supply to a bone. Early treatment involves protecting the bone from stress. If late in the process and bone has been damaged beyond repair then either bracing or surgical joint fusion can be considered. Consult a podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist to evaluate and discuss treatment plan. ...Read more

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If you had a proximal avulsion fracture of your tarsal navicular, what would happen if you walked on it without immobilization?

You may have : Pain, swelling etc or you might be perfectly okay....everyone is different. The size of the fracture may matter and he etiology might Matter. Ideally, it should not be walked on. ...Read more