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The Definition of Cuboid Syndrome

The cuboid bone is located on the outer edge of the foot. The function of this small bone is to connect the foot to the ankle, in addition to providing stability. An injury may cause this area to become inflamed, which may result in torn joints or ligaments. When this occurs, cuboid syndrome may develop, which can produce pain and discomfort on the outside of the foot. The type of injuries that can cause this condition to occur can consist of suddenly twisting the ankle, or participating in sporting activities that include running or jumping. Additionally, existing medical conditions such as flat feet may play a significant role in developing cuboid syndrome. Moderate relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated, and the feet and legs are properly stretched to help avoid further injury. If you are afflicted with cuboid syndrome, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

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 Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. 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 office located in Lancaster, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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