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Addressing Cuboid Syndrome

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

The cuboid bone is a somewhat irregularly shaped bone located in the midfoot area. The bone is one of the different tarsal bones in the foot, and it is located on the outside of the foot. Cuboid syndrome affects this bone, and it occurs when the bone has dislocated. Individuals suffering from cuboid syndrome might notice pain in the outside of the foot, as well as a pain that tends to be more poignant in the morning when one initially stands up. After visiting a trusted medical professional like a podiatrist, an individual might be able to address their cuboid syndrome in several different ways. For example, a medical professional might be able to relocate the bone for you. In addition, they might recommend that you apply ice to the affected area to ease any pain. Schedule your appointment with a podiatrist today if you think you might have cuboid syndrome.

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 one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors 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 offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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