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Cuboid Syndrome Risk Factors

Although cuboid syndrome may not be as well-known as conditions such as plantar fasciitis to novices to the field of podiatry, it is still a widespread foot condition that is important to be aware of. Cuboid syndrome can develop in an individual when the cuboid bone, located on the outside of the center of the foot, moves out of alignment. As a result, a patient may experience some amount of pain. There are several risk factors that are associated with cuboid syndrome, which may make an individual more predisposed to developing the condition. Namely, being overweight can increase one’s chance of developing cuboid syndrome. Also, spraining the foot or training on surfaces that are uneven can increase the risk of cuboid syndrome. Additionally, wearing ill-fitting shoes can make cuboid syndrome more likely. If you believe that you might have cuboid syndrome, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for treatment.

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 Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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