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Cuboid Syndrome and Pain

Monday, 18 November 2019 00:00

The portion of the foot that is typically affected by cuboid syndrome is the outside edge, under the ankle. This syndrome can occur as a result of one of the cuboid bones becoming dislocated from an ankle sprain, or from any repetitive stress the foot endures. Patients who have flat feet may be susceptible to cuboid syndrome due to the absence of an arch, which in turn, may put pressure on the cuboid bones. Moderate relief may be found when the affected foot is taped. Taping may also offer additional ankle support. It may be helpful to perform specific exercises if you have this condition. Exercises can be beneficial in increasing overall balance, and strengthen the muscles and tendons surrounding the joint. If you feel you have this condition, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can offer you proper treatment options.

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. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. 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 Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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