Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Cuboid Syndrome In The Athlete

Are you experiencing pain, discomfort, or weakness in your foot? Are you an athlete? You may have a condition called cuboid syndrome, which results from an injury to the joints and ligaments in the area of the cuboid bone, one of the seven tarsal bones in the foot. You may experience the pain and discomfort along the little toe side of your foot.
The condition is often obtained through excessive jumping or sporting motions. Those who stand on their toes or roll the arches exercise the foot's calcaneaocuboid joint and ligament, which will be strained. Pain may come on suddenly, or may gradually develop over time and persist. The pain can be intermittent, subsiding partially or completely for a period of time before returning again. Ballet dancers, tennis players, basketball players, and runners most commonly have this condition.
Cubiod syndrome may develop as a result of a single injury event or via repetitive strain over time. The condition may persist even if the patient is going through regular physical therapy. Your foot type, overpronation or supination may also cause this problem.
Treatment for cuboid syndrome involves by realigning the cuboid. Some patients may also need custom orthotics for realignment of the foot. Once the pain is under control, typically via anti-inflammatory drugs and rest, the patient may return to their normal sports routine.
If you are an athlete and have been experiencing pain, call our Newington, Kensington, or Middletown office to make an appointment.
Craig M. Kaufman, DPM
Connecticut Foot Care Centers
Sports Medicine Podiatrist in CT
Podiatrist in Newington
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