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Defining and Treating Cuboid Syndrome

Monday, 15 June 2020 00:00

Cuboid syndrome is the displacement of the cuboid bone between the fourth and fifth metatarsals. Due to the location of the cuboid bone, in the lateral column of the foot, cuboid syndrome can be easily misdiagnosed as a lateral ankle sprain. Athletic injuries are one of the most common causes, and the most common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain on the foot near the little toe. Rest and ice are usually recommended, followed by a cold whirlpool bath. A podiatrist will be able to offer additional treatment and procedure options that may be necessary. While more serious injuries may take weeks to heal, less severe injuries can heal in days, and your podiatrist may recommend physical therapy for treatment as well. For a proper diagnosis and to determine the best treatment method for you, it is recommended that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist.

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 Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. 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 one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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