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Cuboid Syndrome

Date Added: January 18, 2016 05:02:14 AM
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Category: Orthopedics: Cuboid Syndrome

 

The cuboid is a small cube shaped bone on the lateral side of the foot around about the middle of the foot. The bone is a little bigger than a typical gaming dice. The bone participates in 3 joints and operates as a lever for the tendon of the peroneus longus muscle to pass under. Because this is a powerful muscle it might move the cuboid bone too much if it is not secure and overload those joints that the bone is a part of causing a condition known as cuboid syndrome. This is most likely one of the more common causes of pain on the lateral side of the foot, especially in athletes. The discomfort commonly begins quite minor and is located around where the cuboid bone is on the lateral side of the foot. The discomfort is only to begin with present during activity. If the activity amounts aren't decreased the condition will most likely advance and then show up after exercise in addition to during. Occasionally the pain may radiate down into the foot. Although this is the most common cause of pain on the lateral side of the foot, there are others like tendon problems and nerve entrapments.
The main management of cuboid syndrome is relief of pain. This is typically done with a reduction in exercise levels and the using of taping to immobilise and support the area. Mobilisation and manipulation is usually used to treat the symptoms. Over the longer term foot orthoses are usually necessary to control the movement and keep the lateral arch of the foot. This can help make the cuboid more steady so it is an efficient fulcrum or pulley for the tendon to work around. Commonly this strategy works in most cases. If it doesn’t there are no operative or more advanced methods and a further decrease in exercise amounts is often the only alternative.

The cuboid is a small cube shaped bone on the lateral side of the foot around about the middle of the foot. The bone is a little bigger than a typical gaming dice. The bone participates in 3 joints and operates as a lever for the tendon of the peroneus longus muscle to pass under. Because this is a powerful muscle it might move the cuboid bone too much if it is not secure and overload those joints that the bone is a part of causing a condition known as cuboid syndrome. This is most likely one of the more common causes of pain on the lateral side of the foot, especially in athletes. The discomfort commonly begins quite minor and is located around where the cuboid bone is on the lateral side of the foot. The discomfort is only to begin with present during activity. If the activity amounts aren't decreased the condition will most likely advance and then show up after exercise in addition to during. Occasionally the pain may radiate down into the foot. Although this is the most common cause of pain on the lateral side of the foot, there are others like tendon problems and nerve entrapments.

 

The main management of cuboid syndrome is relief of pain. This is typically done with a reduction in exercise levels and the using of taping to immobilise and support the area. Mobilisation and manipulation is usually used to treat the symptoms. Over the longer term foot orthoses are usually necessary to control the movement and keep the lateral arch of the foot. This can help make the cuboid more steady so it is an efficient fulcrum or pulley for the tendon to work around. Commonly this strategy works in most cases. If it doesn’t there are no operative or more advanced methods and a further decrease in exercise amounts is often the only alternative.

 

 

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