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How Does Cuboid Syndrome Occur?

Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

Cuboid subluxation is another term for the medical condition that is known as cuboid syndrome. It can happen when one of the cuboid bones slightly shifts, and a noticeable sign can be mild pain under the pinky toe. Additional symptoms can include a limited range of motion, swelling surrounding the impacted area, and the toes may feel weak.  A common reason why this condition may occur can be from an ankle sprain, or from activities that invoke strain on the ligaments and bones. Other reasons why cuboid syndrome may occur can include walking or running on hills, wearing shoes that do not offer adequate support, or from being overweight. Moderate relief may be found when the foot is elevated, and additional support may be obtained when the foot is taped. If you feel you have developed this syndrome, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer treatment options that are correct 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 our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Delaware County, 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 our offices located in Springfield, and Upland, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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