One of the stabilizer bones in the foot is referred to as the cuboid bone. It is shaped like a cube, and is located on the outside of the foot. It acts like a pulley, and is instrumental in helping the foot point downward. Cuboid syndrome is the partial dislocation of the cuboid bone where it connects to the heel. It can result from an ankle sprain, or from excessively rolling the foot inward, which can happen from participating in certain sporting activities. Common symptoms experienced with this ailment include pain on the outside of the foot, limited range of motion, and swelling. Treatment generally begins with elevating the affected foot, followed by wearing a supportive walking boot. Strengthening exercises may be performed that can benefit the entire foot, and leisure activities can gradually return to normal. If you have sustained an ankle injury, please speak with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose cuboid syndrome and recommend the correct treatment for you.
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 Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. 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.
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.
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 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.
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 New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.