8 Facts About Cuboid Syndrome

8 Facts About Cuboid Syndrome

  1. The Cuboid bone is on the lateral side of the foot. Along with the calcaneum(heel bone), it significantly helps with foot mobility. In Cuboid syndrome, the cuboid bone shifts from its original position or is out of alignment. It leads to pain on the lateral side of the foot and difficulty in standing and walking.
  2. Cuboid Syndrome is also known as subluxation of the mid-tarsal joint or cuboid subluxation.
  3. Cuboid syndrome occurs commonly in athletes and ballet dancers as an overuse injury. It also occurs after an injury disrupting the ligaments supporting the cuboid bone.
  4. Predisposing factors are-
    • Wearing high heel shoes
    • Frequent jumping on hard surfaces or high-impact activities
    • Lateral ankle sprain
    • Weak peroneal tendons
    • Being overweight
    • Working out on uneven surfaces
    • Tight calf muscles
    • Flat feet.
  5. Cuboid syndrome, when it results from an ankle injury and occurs along with the lateral ankle sprain is difficult to differentiate.
  6. Pain is usually local to the outer and plantar surfaces of the foot. Pain reduces when the foot is non-weight bearing.
  7. Rest from aggravating activities along with ice therapy helps in reducing pain.
  8. The main goal of Physical therapy in Cuboid syndrome is
    • To reposition the cuboid bone.
    • Foot exercises are required to improve the stability of the foot.
    • Taping helps to support the cuboid after repositioning. Even cuboid padding or braces can be used for the same purpose.
    • Exercises to improve the strength and flexibility of the foot muscles are also crucial.


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