I suspect that's an "accessory" bone that usually fuses with the both next to it to become the navicular. In a small percentage of people, it doesn't fuse and can protrude (as you see).
I have this accessory bone and, while it doesn't protrude like yours, I have irritation as well. My doc recommends the bone be removed. It's fairly dramatic surgery in that tendons holding up the arch have to be moved and the recovery time is lengthy. I'm not in that much pain so I'm holding off on what is obviously irreversible surgery. I've also heard of fusion surgery. No idea how one chooses which.
For me, a supportive orthotic has been very helpful. Hard to imagine an orthotic would 'fix' your more dramatic protrusion but it's certainly worth trying.
Edited by: PASTAFARIAN at: 9/11/2012 (17:44)
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Hahaha, it does look a bit alien! But seriously, I don't think an extra bone (or at least a funny-shaped one) is all that uncommon in feet. My daughter fell and we thought she had broken a bone in her foot, which is what the urgent care doc thought too. So she wore a boot and used crutches all weekend long until we could get to an orthopedist. He basically told us that she, too, has an extra bone in her foot. Nothing was broken, it just looked funny, which is why the urgent care doc thought something was wrong. He said this kind of "abnormality" is actually pretty "normal"! But you may have trouble finding the right kind of shoe...keep trying and good luck!
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does anyone else have this kind of 'bone' at the side of the foot too? i4.photobucket.com/albums/y101/FitMo mm yOf2/Blogpics009-1.jpg I know, it looks kinda freaky but I've had it all my life (and so does my father.., so I know it's just a genetic thing). Unfortunately it starts bothering me as soon as I start running/jogging... I went to see a doc about it and he said probably a different kind of shoe would be the only solution... (No x-rays or anything were made of the foot at that time!) Now I've bought a new pair of running shoes that are even supposed to be better for supporting the mid foot strike etc. and both of my feet felt great while running! But towards the end the left one already started bothering me and I'm honestly worried about how it's going to be if I run 3x week from now on!...
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
PS: We're currently living overseas and not in the US! Stores specifically for runners where they analyze your stride etc. is not an option here! Just wanted to mention it!
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