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Risk Factors for Developing Cuboid Syndrome

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Cuboid syndrome is a painful foot condition that can significantly disrupt mobility and daily activities. It occurs when the cuboid bone becomes displaced. The exact cause of cuboid syndrome is often attributed to sudden or excessive forces applied to the foot during activities such as running, jumping, or rolling the ankle. Athletes and individuals who engage in high-impact sports or activities are at a higher risk for this condition due to the repetitive stress placed on the foot. Additionally, people who have flat feet or those who wear poorly fitting shoes may also be prone to developing cuboid syndrome. Recognizing and addressing these risk factors is crucial in preventing the occurrence of cuboid syndrome and maintaining optimal foot health. Seeking professional care promptly is essential for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment to ensure a swift recovery. If you have pain in the outer part of your foot, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can 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 one of our podiatrists from Grobowski Foot & Ankle. 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 Bellevue, Seattle, and Issaquah, WA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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