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Dancers and Athletes May Be Prone to Cuboid Syndrome

Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

The medical condition that is referred to as cuboid syndrome occurs when an injury happens that affects the cuboid bone and surrounding joints and ligaments. It is one of the seven tarsal bones, and the pain that is often associated with this syndrome is typically felt in the middle of the foot or at the bottom of the fourth and fifth toes. The bones in this area of the foot may become displaced or out of alignment and can be the result of overuse or an injury. There are specific symptoms that may be experienced with this ailment, including increased pain while walking, possible swelling, or a reduced range of motion. Anyone can incur this type of injury, even though it may be more common among athletes and dancers. These types of professions may engage in rapid side-to-side movements, which may incur damage to the cuboid bone and surrounding areas. If you have pain in the middle or on the outside of your foot, it is strongly suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can properly determine the cause.

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. James Kutchback from James Kutchback, DPM, CWS-P. 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 offices located in The Woodlands and Woodville, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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