There are seven tarsal bones in the foot, and one of them is referred to as the cuboid bone. If the joints surrounding this bone should become inflamed as a result of an injury, cuboid syndrome may develop. Pain is typically felt on the outside of the foot, near the bottom of the fourth and fifth toes. Additionally, some patients may experience discomfort in the middle of the foot. Research has shown this ailment may be more common among athletes and dancers than of the rest of the population. Overusing the foot is also a common cause of cuboid syndrome. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition often include swelling, difficulty in walking, and limited range of motion. Mild relief may be found when the foot is elevated, and when the activity that caused this condition is temporarily eliminated. If you have cuboid syndrome, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can assist you with the best course of 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 one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.