I am 17 and I injured my accessory navicular bone (unaware it was there) about 6 months ago. I have had constant pain in it ever since. I have been to doctors,foot specialists,physios had countless x rays and an mri and have gained absolutly no help. I am not interested in surgery as i am playing sport at a high enough level and coming into a big year of sport. I can play and train with this injury but it is just so irritating as it has been so constant. I am experimenting with footwear and orthotics at the moment but from reading other posts and knowing my own pain i feel this will not help. I would just like someone who has/is experiencing this injury to let me know if this will ever let up? Is there any solution apart from surgery or will i just have to live with it? Thank you
My daughter who is 10 is dealing with the exact same problem. For her, onset was late April. After 1 week on crutches, 3 in a walkng cast, and now around 2 months in a boot, unsuccessful PT, and several "second" opinions, she'll have the surgery tomorrow.
It has been the worst summer ever as we've tried to keep her off of it as much as possible in hopes that it would somehow get better. She's extremely active (a level 5 gymnast who loves tumbling most of all).
I'll post on my thread after the surgery. Her Dr. has told us that she'll be non weight-bearing (crutches + cast) for 3 weeks, then a boot for another 3 followed by 6 wks of PT, hopefully returning to full on gymnastics after her 12-week recovery period.
Honestly, wish we could go back to May and just get it done then (but they NEVER let you go straight to surgery). It looks to me (based on a fair amt. of research, Dr. visits and just my daughter's experience) like once you aggrivate your AN (if you're unlucky enough to have one), there are only 2 ways for it to get back to normal--(1) become a complete couch potato (for life), or (2) get the surgery.
Really wish there was something else. Hopefully you're getting some relief with orthotics (not an option in my daughter's sport) or you have a very high pain tolerance.
I've had the run around with my SEVERE chronic ankle instability, and I've been in just about AGONY by 8pm each day. It hurts to go outside, it hurts when it rains, it hurts at night (if I go outside when it's chilly) and I can't take more than 4 steps without having to sit down because the pain is so horrible.
Put it this way...
Would you rather play your sports and keep messing it up, or would you rather have the surgery to fix it?
I'm getting my surgery scheduled on the 17th, hopefully surgery quickly after that.
Best of luck to the both of you i hope it goes well! My doctor told me i wouldnt be able to play for 12 months if i had surgery so thats a no go! Im currently getting shockwave therapy so hopefully that goes well. Ye i agree its a very frustrating injury, such limited solutions. What kind of pain does your daughter have?