Marc Gasol, who plays center for the Memphis Grizzlies, had foot surgery on Saturday to repair a broken navicular bone in his right foot. While there was much speculation following his injury about whether or not he could still be a contributor to the team this year, it has now been confirmed that he’ll miss the rest of the season.
The navicular bone is located on the top of your mid-foot—we hear about it a lot in sports because athletes are particularly susceptible to fractures of this bone, since navicular breaks are most often caused by stress, falls, twists or direct impacts.
Navicular bone fractures are often not immediately apparent: as was the case with Gasol, they can often present as non-specific foot pain. Signs of a navicular fracture include: Navicular fracture may cause:
- Vague, aching pain in the top, middle portion of your foot, which may radiate along your arch
- Increasing pain with activity
- Pain on one foot only
- Altered gait
- Pain that resolves with rest
- Swelling of the foot
- Tenderness to touch on the inside aspect of the foot
If you suspect you may have broken the navicular bone in your foot, it’s crucial that you seek medical attention immediately. In most cases, this type of fracture can be treated with casting and rehab but, when left untreated, it can progress to the point where surgery is necessary.
No one wants to have an operation if it can be avoided. Take care of your feet, listen to your body and see your Houston podiatrist at the first sign of foot pain to avoid making an existing injury even worse.