An injury consisting of a break in the navicular bone of the foot, located on the top of the midfoot area.
A navicular fracture is generally caused by direct trauma to the bone, where it is put under an amount of pressure that causes it to break or splinter. Trauma to this bone can also be caused by falling on or twisting the foot.
A navicular fracture can cause aching or radiating pain along the top portion of the foot. Swelling, tenderness and bruising can also come about from this injury.
For most navicular fractures, treatment consists of securing the foot in a cast until the bone heals on its own. If the fracture is severe, surgery may be needed to place metal plates and screws in the injured area to position and hold the bone in its proper place.