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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
Accessory Navicular Bone
Hi, I have had the accessory navicular since I was born but only became aware of the bone about 6 years ago. I am a 24 yr old female and I am in severe pain with my feet. I have flat feet, though I have been told they're not exactly flat, I have a very long arch which I am pronating. I have the extra bone on both of my feet and I know that is not very common. I was wondering what is your best input on it? I am on my second pair of orthotics in 6 years. Due to the severity of pain, I can't walk around barefoot, ever. I can't wear high heels, and should not wear flip flops. I also came across something interesting today. I was told that exactly where the bone is is also where the pressure point for the bladder is for foot reflexology. This would make sense because I do have a sever overactive bladder which I have gone through testing and doctors have come up with no conclusion. Maybe the underlying issue is the extra bone after all? I need all the information that I can possibly get. I really would like to get these bones removed because as stated before, I am only 24 and am in horrible pain now, it is only going to get worse! Any advice will be greatly and highly appreciated. Thank you
I cannot comment on your bladder issue but as far as your accessory navicular is concerned, it is quite simple.
If you have tried conservative therapies such as orthotics which for many with your condition can be very helpful, and they have not helped then you are kind of looking at surgical removal of the "extra" bones.
Keep in mind, you will still be pronated and have flat feet after the surgery which may preclude you from going barefoot and wearing flip flops, but overall you should be in less pain.
Read my section on "surgical considerations" and see if elective surgery is right for you.
Marc Mitnick DPM
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