Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndromeCuboid syndrome is a commonly misdiagnosed condition. It is described as displacement of the cuboid bone in the foot due to the action of the Peroneal muscle tendon. Cuboid Syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain i.e. pain on the outer side of the foot.  Whilst fairly simple to treat, it is often misdiagnosed so symptoms can last for a long time.  It particularly affects athletes such as ballet dancers and runners.

The condition develops when the cuboid bone (one of the small bones in the foot) subluxes i.e. partially dislocates. This may happen suddenly due to an injury such as an ankle sprain, or develop gradually overtime from repetitive tension through the cuboid bone and surrounding structures.

The patient may feel a strange ‘discomfort’ over the lateral aspect of the midfoot and ankle.
An accurate clinical examination is required to diagnose this condition. If over-pronation of your foot (i.e. flat feet) is thought to have been a contributing factor to developing cuboid syndrome. Then, you should be given orthotic insoles to wear in your shoes to correct your foot position to relieve tension on the peroneus longus tendon and support the foot bones and arches.

Foot Orthotics can help reduce the symptoms however The Foot and Leg Clinic recommend that the first course of action be our specific foot mobilisation treatment.