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Treating Cuboid Syndrome

There are a number of foot afflictions that can occur when a bone in the foot, no matter how small, dislocates from its proper place. Cuboid syndrome is one such condition. Cuboid syndrome occurs when the cuboid bone, located in front of the ankle, dislocates randomly or in response to some kind of injury. If you have cuboid syndrome, you might experience pain, particularly when participating in weight-bearing activities. Additionally, you might find yourself turning your feet inward when walking if you are suffering from cuboid syndrome. There are several ways in which cuboid syndrome can be treated. Commonly, the cuboid bone can be manipulated back in place by a medical professional. The medical professional might then use tape and custom orthotics to keep the cuboid bone in its proper place. Also, the effects of cuboid syndrome can be addressed with specific massages. For example, deep tissue massages that target the calf muscles can be used on patients to calm the peroneal muscle. As a result, the amount of pressure that your feet place on the cuboid bones can be reduced. If you believe that you might have cuboid syndrome, it is a good idea to reach out to a podiatrist who can help you tackle the problem.

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 the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. 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 office located in Larchmont, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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