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Understanding the Symptoms of Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome, a relatively uncommon but painful condition, occurs when the cuboid bone in the foot becomes displaced or irritated, leading to discomfort and limited mobility. The cuboid bone is located on the outer side of the foot, near the middle, and plays an important role in maintaining foot stability and movement. Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome involves a thorough physical examination by a podiatrist, focusing on the foot's range of motion, tenderness, and specific movements that reproduce pain. Imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans may be utilized to rule out other potential causes of foot pain and confirm the diagnosis. Symptoms of cuboid syndrome typically include pain on the outer side of the foot, difficulty walking or bearing weight, swelling, and a sensation of instability or shifting in the midfoot area. In severe cases, manipulation or mobilization techniques by a podiatrist may be necessary to realign the cuboid bone and alleviate symptoms. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can successfully diagnose and treat cuboid syndrome.

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 Dwayne A. Lay, DPM from Elite 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 our office located in Canton, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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