Athletes With Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome is a common condition in athletes characterized by pain on the lateral side of the foot due to the displacement or subluxation of the cuboid bone. Symptoms include localized pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Diagnosis involves a physical examination where a doctor will look for tenderness surrounding the cuboid bone and may perform specific manipulative tests to assess the alignment of the bone. Imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI scans are often used to rule out fractures or other injuries. Treatment typically includes rest and elevation to reduce inflammation. A chiropodist can guide you toward specific stretching exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles and improve flexibility. If you have developed pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you consult this type of healthcare care professional who can successfully diagnose and treat cuboid syndrome.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joint and ligaments surrounding the cuboid bone in the foot become injured. If you think that you may have cuboid syndrome, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 


The cuboid bone is one of the seven tarsal bones located in the foot. Cuboid syndrome develops when the cuboid bone moves down and out of alignment with the other bone (calcaneus bone) in the joint of the foot. Cuboid syndrome can be the result of a sudden injury like an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly over time from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures. 


The most common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain on the outside of the foot which may worsen with activity. 

Other possible symptoms include: 

  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

  • Swelling

  • Sensitivity on the bottom of the foot

  • Reduced range of motion  


A chiropodist can diagnose cuboid syndrome based on your medical history and a physical examination of the foot. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, often fail to show the dislocated cuboid. 


Treatment often includes resting, icing, compressing and elevating the affected foot, taping, wearing orthotic inserts, and taking anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain. The chiropodist may also be able to manipulate the dislocated bone back into alignment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Cuboid Syndrome

Connect With Us