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The Diagnosis of Cuboid Syndrome

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Having a physical examination performed is often an effective method to properly diagnose cuboid syndrome. This is done by applying direct pressure over the cuboid bone. A limited range of motion is often easy to notice. Pain on the outside of the foot and possibly extending to the ankle and toes may bring the patient in for an examination, and the midtarsal supination test is often performed. This consists of flexing the ankle and putting pressure on the cuboid bone. Common symptoms that are associated with this condition include intense pain, inflammation, and swelling. Relief may be found when the foot is wrapped with a protective covering that may help to provide stability as daily activities are accomplished. Despite the urge to keep moving, frequently elevating and resting the foot is beneficial as the healing process occurs. If you have pain in this part of your foot, please contact a podiatrist who can perform a proper diagnosis using the most effective methods, in addition to guiding you toward treatment techniques that are best for you.

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 Port Richmond Family Footcare. 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.

Causes

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.

Symptoms

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

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.

Treatment

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 Lumberton, NJ, Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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