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Cuboid Syndrome and Its Treatment

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Cuboid syndrome, common among athletes and ballet dancers, occurs when the cuboid bone becomes partially dislocated due to repetitive injury, ankle sprain, or trauma. The cuboid is one of the five bones that make up the midfoot. It is important to the distribution of body weight and the stabilization of the outer midfoot. Cuboid syndrome can lead to difficulty walking. Additionally, some people experience aching pain on the outside of the foot, swelling, and increased pain when pressure is applied to the foot. One may also experience decreased motion, and ankle movement can be painful. A podiatrist’s expertise is needed for diagnosis, since so many of these symptoms mimic those of other afflictions. Treatment includes relocation of the bone, rest, and immobilization with tape, in addition to performing foot exercises for strength and flexibility. If you have troubling discomfort on the outside of the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper exam and care.

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 from Summerlin Foot & Ankle. 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 our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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