A navicular stress fracture poses an interesting and frustrating dilemma.
The navicular bone in the foot sits on top of the heel bone. And it undergoes various stressors, particularly in athletes who perform a lot of jumping and running. But while the navicular bone is exposed to a ton of stress from weight-bearing activities, it also has a lower blood supply when measured against other bones.
This limited blood supply makes a navicular stress fracture slow to heal. Although it may appear as a small injury, it can take up to 12 weeks to fully heal.
And frequently, a navicular stress fracture is rarely detectable right away. This type of injury gradually happens over time due to repeated stress. It’s common in athletes involved in track and field, football, basketball, rugby, ballet, and gymnastics.