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Navicular Drop Test

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Other Names

  • Navicular Drop Test


Clinical demonstration of the Navicular Drop Test[1]
  • To assess the height of the navicular bone.


  • The patient is standing
  • Mark the navicular tuberosity
  • Measure the height of the navicular bone with the subtalar joint in neutral and the patient bearing most of the weight on the contralateral limb
  • Next, have the patient assume equal weight on both feet and remeasure the height of the navicular
  • The difference between the first and second measurement is the navicular drop.
  • Positive test
    • A difference of >10 mm is considered significant excessive foot pronation.



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Lange, Belinda, Lucy Chipchase, and Angela Evans. "The effect of low-Dye taping on plantar pressures, during gait, in subjects with navicular drop exceeding 10 mm." Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 34.4 (2004): 201-209.
Created by:
John Kiel on 10 December 2021 15:29:39
Last edited:
30 May 2022 22:12:49