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An Overview of Cuboid Syndrome

Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

The cuboid bone is a cube-shaped bone located on the outer side of the foot. This bone connects the foot to the ankle and provides stability to the foot. Cuboid syndrome is a condition that occurs when the ligaments that hold this bone in place tear or stretch, allowing the cuboid bone to slightly change position. This is sometimes called a cuboid subluxation. Cuboid syndrome causes pain, discomfort, and weakness along the outer side of the foot. It may cause you to limp or sway when you walk as you try to avoid putting weight on the affected foot. The pain may have a sudden or gradual onset. Usually, cuboid syndrome is caused by repetitive impacts to the foot, which is why it is more common in athletes and dancers. If you suspect that you have cuboid syndrome, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.

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 Dr. Murad M. Abdel-qader from Advanced Family Foot Care Centers. Our doctor 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 San Antonio, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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