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Gregory Loo, DPM Board Certified Podiatrist and Surgeon

Accessory Navicular Syndrome

Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Accessory navicular syndrome is a foot condition where an extra piece of bone, called an accessory navicular, forms near the navicular bone in the foot. This extra bone can cause pain and discomfort, especially when it rubs against shoes or gets irritated due to physical activity. This condition is believed to be related to genetic factors. Treatment for this condition typically begins with conservative measures, such as rest, immobilization, use of orthotics, exercise, and taking anti-inflammatory medication. If conservative treatments do not provide relief, or if the condition is severe, surgical intervention may be considered. Surgery typically involves removing the accessory navicular bone and repairing the nearby tendon. If you think you may have this syndrome, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis, evaluation of the severity of your problem, and treatment options.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Gregory T. Loo, DPM of Elite Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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