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Cuboid Syndrome in Athletes

Cuboid syndrome is a prevalent source of lateral midfoot discomfort in athletes. It is thought that it might happen when there's a small problem with the joint in the middle of the foot. Symptoms closely resemble those of ligament sprains. Definitive diagnostic tests for the condition are currently unavailable. However, some studies show good responses to joint manipulation and external support. Despite the absence of evidence-based guidelines, diagnosing cuboid syndrome often relies on recognizing a combination of signs and symptoms. Manipulation of the cuboid is typically considered as an initial treatment option unless contraindicated. If you are an athlete and have persistent pain in your midfoot area, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to have your foot examined and a determination made as to whether cuboid syndrome might be the cause. Then, you can get the right 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 Dr. Kenneth Donovan from Advanced Care 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 Warren, Livingston, and Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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