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Symptoms of Cuboid Syndrome

Monday, 26 August 2019 00:00

The pain and discomfort that is often associated with cuboid syndrome is typically found on the outside of the foot. It occurs if the cuboid bone becomes dislocated, and this can be from a result of an ankle sprain or it can gradually develop from a stress fracture. Some of the symptoms that are often experienced by patients who have cuboid syndrome can include swelling and tenderness on the outside of the foot, and it may be difficult to stand or walk. Mild relief can be felt by resting the foot as often as possible, and additional support may be obtained by taping the foot and ankle. Research has indicated it is beneficial to perform stretches and exercises as quickly as possible after the injury has occurred, as this may help the foot to become stronger. If you feel you may have cuboid syndrome, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

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. Steven Stanton from CyFair Family Foot Care. 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 Houston, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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