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Navicular fracture in NBA # 1 prospect

NBA prospect Kansas star Joel Embiid, who was projected by some to be the top pick in next week's NBA draft, underwent surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.

Embiid fractured the navicular bone in his foot last week and was discovered at the Cleveland Clinic during an exam.

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game as a freshman with the Kansas Jayhawks last season.

Navicular fractures are often the result of high-energy injuries. In athletic injuries, they are most common in jumping sports, like basketball. This injury has been prevalent in many NBA basketball players such as Yao Ming.

In the multiply-injured patient, navicular fractures are often overlooked. These injuries are often picked up on the secondary survey.  If suspected, foot x-rays are indicated.

Physical exam



Plain x-rays often show a linear fracture line in the central portion of the navicular.
If a fracture is clinically suspected, but not evident on the x-ray, then proceed to other means of imaging. The TC99 bone scan may show an area of increased uptake and a CT and an MRI may give you a more definitive answer.

These type injuries can be treated with immoblization with a cast or cam walker boot. Surgery is often indicated for the athletic type of individual. The surgery typically involves insertion of one or two screws with a period of recovery which could be up to 6 to 8 months such as the case with Embiid.

We will keep you updated on his progress.

If you experience any foot pain that lasts longer than a week it is very important to be evaluated as soon as possible so that the correct diagnosis is made as well as appropriate treatment.

We at Carolina Foot Specialists have state of the art digital x-ray and diagnostic ultrasound that takes literally seconds to image the foot and ankle in both office locations.