lucy24 - 4:11 pm on Oct 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
or is there a way to use php includes to the nav file
You can use* includes anywhere. Either vanilla SSI or php or alternative language of your choice. If you use anything even slightly dynamic, you can pass the page name-- or some equivalent information-- to the included file, so it produces different content depending on what page you're on.
* More to the point, _I_ can use et cetera. This is not high-level programming.