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Treating Cuboid Syndrome

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Cuboid syndrome is caused by the cuboid bone shifting out of alignment with surrounding bones, which then may cause pain in the middle of the foot. There are various forms of treatment for cuboid syndrome, including home remedies and help from a medical professional. The first step in treating this condition involves rest, because reducing activity that puts pressure on the injured area might give the bone space to heal. Home remedies involve, resting, icing, compressing and elevating the foot. If the pain perseveres, then it may be time to seek help from a medical professional. Two examples of possible treatments are the cuboid whip and the cuboid squeeze. Both options involve manipulating the cuboid bone back into place. Manipulation should be more successful when it is done within 24 hours after the injury occurs, so seeking professional help is important. Foot manipulation may not be the best option if an individual is dealing with other foot conditions, so if you feel that you may have cuboid syndrome or have similar pain, then it is recommended to speak to a podiatrist to find the right treatment for your specific needs.

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. Linda D. Nachmani from Central Foot & Ankle Associates. 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.

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 one of our offices located in Houston, and Pearland, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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