Accessory Navicular Syndrome

Explore how we can assist in alleviating discomfort from accessory navicular syndrome, a condition characterized by an extra piece of cartilage or bone above the foot's arch. While this congenital abnormality may not cause pain for some individuals, it can lead to discomfort in others, often during adolescence.

Understanding the Condition
Accessory navicular syndrome arises from an additional bone or tendon, which may become painful due to foot injury, overuse, improper footwear, or underlying conditions like diabetes or flat feet. Symptoms typically include a visible bump or tenderness around the mid-foot area.

Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing the syndrome involves a physical examination, review of symptoms, and possibly imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans. Non-surgical treatments focus on symptom management and may include NSAIDs, steroid injections, immobilization with a walking boot, activity modification, ice therapy, custom inserts, and physical therapy exercises.

Surgical Options
When conservative treatments provide only temporary relief, surgery may be recommended to remove the accessory bone, repair the tendon, and restore foot structure. While the condition cannot be prevented, wearing supportive shoes and seeking prompt treatment for foot pain can help manage symptoms effectively.

Accessory navicular syndrome varies in its impact from person to person, and our team is dedicated to providing personalized care to address your specific needs and concerns.