Navicular Bone



What radiographs should you take?

While opinions vary as to the number and positions of radiographs of the navicular bone necessary to permit adequate evaluation, I will discuss the three basic radiographic views that I believe to be the minimum number necessary in the practice situation. They are the dorsoventral, anteroposterior (obtained on a block of wood), and lateral (obtained on a block of wood) radiographs. If there are questionable changes seen on these basic films, then additional radiographs may be indicated. The posterior, tunnel, or tangential view of the navicular bone may be helpful in particular instances. Prior to radiographing the foot, it is essential to remove the shoe, trim the foot, and clean it with soap, water, and a brush.