#4 Clinical Trend: Navicular Fracture
The navicular plays an important role in maintaining the medial longitudinal arch of the foot. Commonly, fractures of the navicular are not evident on plain radiographs. This often leads to a delay in diagnosis, which may result in prolonged disabling foot pain in individuals, particularly young athletes. The 4 types of navicular fractures are (1) cortical avulsion, (2) tuberosity, (3) body, and (4) stress.
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Up to 35% of stress fractures in athletes may be navicular fractures, but incidence rates vary widely because these fractures are not easily observed on plain radiographs.
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