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Treatments for Cuboid Syndrome

Monday, 08 March 2021 00:00

Cuboid syndrome refers to a partial dislocation of the cuboid bone, which is located in the middle of the foot. This often occurs secondary to an ankle sprain. The main symptom of this condition is pain on the outside of the foot, especially when bearing weight. There are several different treatments for cuboid syndrome. A podiatrist can physically manipulate the dislocated bone back into proper alignment, tape or pad the affected foot to realign the bone, or prescribe custom orthotics. At home, you may be encouraged to rest and ice the affected foot to reduce pain and perform stretching exercises to strengthen the foot. For more information about cuboid syndrome, please consult with a podiatrist.

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. Joshua David Scoll 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 one of our offices located in Philadelphia and Bensalem, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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