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Who Is Prone to Getting Cuboid Syndrome?

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Cuboid syndrome is a foot condition that causes pain on the outside of the foot. It occurs when the ligaments and joints surrounding the cuboid bone become inflamed, often due to an injury that has happened. It may also happen from gradual overuse, and it can be prevalent among athletes and ballet dancers. Additional symptoms that are associated with cuboid syndrome can include swelling, a reduced range of motion, and pain when walking. Mild relief may be found when the activity that caused this syndrome is temporarily stopped and the affected foot is frequently elevated. There are specific exercises and stretches that can be performed, which may help to accelerate the recovery process. When the proper steps are followed, the majority of people will successfully heal and may begin to resume normal activities. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it may be cuboid syndrome, and a proper diagnosis is needed to confirm this. Please contact a podiatrist who can accurately perform this, and offer the correct treatment options 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 Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. 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.


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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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