In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about a foot condition called Cuboid Syndrome. Cuboid Syndrome is an unusual condition and one that can often be misdiagnosed. The cuboid bone is one of the 26 bones in the foot and it’s an important one. This bone is located on the outer side of the foot, about halfway between the pinky toe and the heel bone and is one of the more common bones that can fracture when subjected to trauma. It’s a cube-shaped bone as its name describes. Along with other small bones, it connects the foot to the ankle. The cuboid bone helps to keep the foot stable and it helps to transmit force between the foot and ankle. Due to it’s cube-shape, this bone provides a great deal of stability to the entire foot. Many other bones, ligaments, and tendons rely of the cuboid bone for support.

Because it has SUCH an important job, when the cuboid bone is fractured, it significantly affects the mobility of the foot and ankle. Different from a Cuboid Fracture… Cuboid SYNDROME is a condition caused by an injury to the joint and ligaments surrounding the cuboid bone. In this case, pain is experienced on the outside of the foot on the side of the little toe. And, a person often feels pain around the middle of the foot, or at the base of the fourth and fifth toes. It’s often hard to tell exactly where this pain is coming from, which makes Cuboid Syndrome challenging to diagnose, as I mentioned earlier. It can be misdiagnosed as a stress fracture, tendonitis, or even arthritis. There’s also something called an “accessory bone”. Not everyone has this bone, but it can also give pain in the same area of the foot under certain circumstances. So you can see how important it is to have the proper diagnosis so that the treatment for this condition is effective.

Just about anyone can be victim to Cuboid Syndrome from high-stress athletes to someone taking a bad stumble and twisting an ankle. No one is exempt from this condition however, the likelihood is greater during overuse or injury. The most common injury that causes cuboid syndrome is what’s called an “inversion sprain” of the ankle. This is when the foot and heel are forces inwards while the ankle is forced outwards. This inwards twisting damages the soft tissue which supports the cuboid bone causing it to partially dislocate. In this case, pain usually comes on suddenly.

Listen to find out more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.