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What Is Cuboid Syndrome?

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Cuboid syndrome is a foot condition characterized by pain on the lateral side of the foot, caused by the displacement or subluxation of the cuboid bone. This bone is one of the seven tarsal bones in the foot and plays a significant role in stability and movement. Cuboid syndrome typically occurs due to repetitive strain, overuse, or an acute injury such as an ankle sprain. Though not as common as other foot injuries, cuboid syndrome is often seen in athletes, particularly dancers and runners, due to the high impact and stress placed on their feet. The pain is usually sharp and localized around the cuboid bone, exacerbated by weight-bearing activities and certain movements like pushing off the ground. Diagnosis involves a physical examination, focusing on the foot's range of motion and palpation to identify tenderness over the cuboid bone. Imaging tests are rarely necessary but may be used to rule out other conditions. Risk factors include wearing improper footwear, overtraining, having flat feet, or a pronated foot type. Treatment typically involves rest and manual manipulation of the cuboid bone, along with orthotic devices for support. If you have pain in this area of your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.


 

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with the practitioners from Foot Care Institute. Our practitioners will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Windsor, ON . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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