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Symptoms and Treatment Insights for Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome, a lesser-known foot ailment, can cause significant discomfort and compromise daily activities. This condition occurs when the cuboid bone, located on the outer side of the foot, becomes misaligned, often due to excessive strain or trauma. Symptoms typically manifest as sharp pain on the outside side of the foot, often worsened during performing weight-bearing activities. Pain may radiate to the toes or even the ankle. Cuboid syndrome may cause walking and standing to become challenging, impacting overall mobility. Fortunately, effective treatment options exist. Manual manipulation by a podiatrist can realign the cuboid bone, offering quick relief. Additionally, rest, compression, and elevation can alleviate any inflammation and discomfort. Wearing custom orthotics may aid in maintaining proper foot mechanics, possibly preventing recurrence. Being aware of the symptoms and seeking timely treatment ensures a smoother road to recovery from cuboid syndrome. If you have pain in the lateral part of your foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively 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 Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. 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 offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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