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Relief Methods for Cuboid Syndrome

There are several names for the foot condition that is known as cuboid syndrome, such as dropped, locked, or subluxed cuboid. The cuboid bone is located on the outer edge of the foot, under the pinky toe. Cuboid syndrome can happen when gradual stress is placed on the cuboid bone, which may possibly tear the surrounding tendons. This can cause the bone to become out of alignment with the rest of the foot, and it is known to be a common injury among dancers, sprinters, and jumpers. The symptoms that are often associated with this type of injury can include pain on the outside of the foot, which may radiate to the toes and ankles, and the injured area may be swollen. Additionally, many patients can begin to limp and may notice that their entire foot feels weak. Patients can find relief when mild stretches are performed, and wearing shoes that have extra cushioning. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can guide you toward the correct treatment options.

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 our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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