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Athletes and Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome is a foot condition where the cuboid bone in the lateral foot column slips out of place, causing pain and discomfort. It is often mistaken for other foot issues, necessitating a thorough evaluation. The syndrome primarily involves ligament sprains, not fractures or major sprains, and is typically linked to specific movements during activities such as sports or dancing. Symptoms can include significant pain, resembling a fracture, and an altered gait. Swelling and skin discoloration are usually absent, and X-rays may appear normal. Contributing factors include tight footwear, lateral heel wear, and rapid return to lateral-heavy sports after ankle sprains. Addressing biomechanical problems, correcting alignment, and using orthotic padding under the cuboid are often used in management. If you have lateral foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to determine whether you have cuboid syndrome or some other condition. Treatment to alleviate pain and expedite recovery will be provided.

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 Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. 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 one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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