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Causes of Cuboid Syndrome

Monday, 24 September 2018 00:00

The cuboid bone is one of seven bones that is located on the outside of the foot. The main function of this bone is to function as the connecting link between the foot and the ankle. Additionally, it provides the necessary stability the body needs while walking and running. The condition referred to as cuboid syndrome occurs when the tendons and ligaments tear and this may typically happen as a result of an injury. There are several symptoms that may be associated with this ailment, including pain and discomfort on the outside of the foot next to the pinky toe, swelling in the ankle area, or redness near the injury and surrounding areas. The most common reasons for this condition to occur may be twisting the ankle during a fall, and repeated strain due to overuse, which often occurs during sporting activities. There may be several ways to treat cuboid syndrome, and it’s suggested to speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible to learn what the best treatment technique is right 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 Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. 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.

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 office located in Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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