Navicular Stress Fracture Sidelines Joel Embiid for a Second Year - Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute

ther disappointing NBA season, 76er’s fans got another dose of bad news as prized center Joel Embiid undergoes surgery for Navicular stress fracture. A top pick in last year’s NBA rookie draft, the 21 year old center was poised to become a valuable piece in the NBA team’s lineup.

Foot injuries are a special concern for NBA teams. And having this early in his career places doubt in his ability to play injury-free in the future. A Navicular stress fracture was also responsible for ending another NBA center’s career. Yao Ming suffered from recurring foot injuries that he simply had to retire from the game.

Recovery from Navicular stress fracture is good. But when you’re talking about players who are 7 feet tall and more than 250 pounds constantly running up and down the court then the chances of reinjuring the foot is more likely. Other players have shown that it a full recovery is possible. Zydrunas Ilgauskus for example was able to recover and play for ten more years after three foot surgeries.

What is a Navicular Stress Fracture?

A Navicualr stress fracture occurs when a bone in the mid-foot (Navicular bone) suffers and incomplete fracture due to repeated weight bearing or high impact activity. When the force exerted on the bone becomes excessive or goes beyond its load carrying limit, bone damage gradually occurs. Recovery from Navicular stress fracture is greater when the condition is diagnosed early. And visiting a podiatrist gives you the best chance for confirming if you are suffering from a Navicular stress fracture. . Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders and injuries.

Symptoms of Navicular Stress Fracture

A Navicular stress fracture can be suspected when pain is reported at the mid-foot area where the bone is located. This is felt during weight bearing activities, running or jumping. Localized pain in the arch of the feet that goes away with rest or when pressure is lifted from the foot. Swelling and tenderness when the mid-foot is pressed can also indicate Navicular stress fracture.

At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people with foot conditions.  To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.