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What Is Cuboid Syndrome and How Can It Be Treated?

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation or lateral plantar neuritis, is a condition where the cuboid bone in the outer midfoot becomes displaced. This displacement can occur due to trauma, overuse, or sudden twisting of the foot. Symptoms typically include pain and tenderness on the outer side of the foot, especially during weight-bearing activities like walking or running. Patients may also experience some difficulty moving the foot sideways. Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome involves a physical examination by a podiatrist, often including specific maneuvers to reproduce the pain and assess foot alignment. X-rays or other imaging studies may be ordered to rule out other potential causes of foot pain. Treatment is typically conservative, including rest, taping, or bracing to stabilize the foot, and exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles. In some cases, manipulation or mobilization techniques performed by a podiatrist may be beneficial. If you have outer midfoot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with 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 Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus 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 Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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