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Cuboid Syndrome and Other Cuboid Injuries

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Cuboid syndrome occurs when the cuboid bone, located on the outer side of the midfoot, partially dislocates. This condition typically results from injury or repetitive strain that disrupts the alignment and stability of the cuboid bone. The hallmark symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain on the lateral side of the foot, especially when weight is placed on the foot or when pushing off the toes. Other symptoms can include tenderness, swelling, and difficulty walking. Athletes or people with poor foot biomechanics are more prone to getting cuboid syndrome. Another type of cuboid injury, cuboid fractures, are less common. Fractures result from direct trauma or severe force to the cuboid bone, leading to more acute and localized pain, significant swelling, and bruising. Both conditions require proper medical assessment and treatment. For cuboid syndrome, treatment might involve various techniques, such as manipulation to realign the bone, taping to stabilize it, and orthotics to correct biomechanical issues. For fractures, immobilization with a cast or boot and possibly surgery may be necessary. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can diagnose these conditions through clinical evaluation and imaging studies like X-rays. They can also provide the appropriate management techniques to alleviate pain and restore function. If you suspect an injury to the cuboid bone in the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible. 

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 Accent Podiatry Associates. 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 offices located in Arlington and Mansfield, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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