Reasons Why Cuboid Syndrome Can Occur
The foot condition known as cuboid syndrome is considered to be a partial dislocation of the cuboid bone. It is one of seven tarsal bones that are above the ankle on the outside of the foot, and it may move out of alignment between the heel and cuboid bone. This foot condition can occur after an ankle sprain has happened, or excess pressure for other reasons may cause cuboid syndrome. Additionally, weakened foot muscles may literally buckle under exertion, possibly causing this syndrome to occur. Many patients choose to have their cuboid bone manipulated back into alignment, or to have their foot taped to hold the bone in place. The foot can become stronger when specific exercises and stretches are performed, which may help to prevent future bouts with cuboid syndrome. If you have developed this condition, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can begin the correct treatment method 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 one of our podiatrists from InStride Family Foot Care. 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.
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 offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.