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Accessory Navicular Syndrome Success with Conservative Methods?

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by clumzyklutz, May 28, 2015.

  1. clumzyklutz

    clumzyklutz New Member

    I was hoping to see if anyone (or knows someone) who has had success with conservative treatment methods for pain caused by accessory navicular syndrome?

    My 10 year old daughter is a competitive all star cheerleader and right now she's at a very high skill level that requires a lot tumbling where she has to land with extreme force on her feet. She rolled her foot one day after doing a standing back tuck and after that, she complained of pain until the point that she was sobbing by the end of practice. Took her to the doctor and she said the tendon was caught between the navicular and the accessory navicular bone. She was put into a boot for 2 weeks and given orthotics for after. She was fine for about a month and a half and now she's in pain again, probably from a weird landing. We went back and it was the same diagnosis so she's back in the boot. We've tried KT taping her feet to create arches during practice in the hopes to help take some pressure off that particular tendon. Unfortunately the 2 brands of cheer shoes she can wear don't accommodate orthotics. She is in the gym about 4-5 days a week for about 2 hours a day. She's worked extremely hard for years to get to the level she's at and she's at a vulnerable point where if she doesn't keep practicing her skills, she could lose them. Surgery is only an option if EVERYTHING has been tried. She wouldn't be able to deal with the pain of surgery and she gets very sick from anything stronger than Advil. The doctor agrees conservative methods are best right now and said if surgery is needed, there is a small risk that her foot may never feel 100% better and she may not be able to handle the same level as before. She has a panic attack at the thought of quitting because it's all she's known, it's where all her friends are and she loves getting to compete with her teammates around the nation.

    I would like to give her some hope, but all I can find are examples where surgery was required, so I wanted to know if anyone has had any luck with the non-surgical methods? If so, what types?

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