Cuboid Syndrome

Posted by | January 19, 2011 | Podiatry Issues

Cuboid syndrome can be an acute or chronic overuse problem that occurs to the joints involving the cuboid bone on the lateral side of the foot. The bone is supposed as a stable pulley for the tendon of the peroneus longus muscle as it changes direction to move towards the plantar medial aspect of the foot. As the muscle contracts, the cuboid needs to be very stable. If it is not stable, there could be a lot of movement of the bone results in a partial subluxation and strain of the joints, causing cuboid syndrome. A similar type problem may be a complication of an ankle sprain. Typically the symptoms of cuboid syndrome are around the bone and the joints when moved. The treatment for cuboid syndrome is to use ice and physical therapy to reduce the initial symptoms. Later the treatment for cuboid syndrome is to use foot orthotics to help stabilize the bone so that there is less movement. Strapping can also be used in cuboid syndrome to stabilise the bone. A particular mobilisation for cuboid syndrome is commonly done to help with the subluxation. This cuboid manipulation can sometime produce dramatic results.


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