Are you getting foot pain when running?

slide_home8Cuboid syndrome is an easily misdiagnosed source of pain found on the outside border of the midfoot and is common amongst runners. It can also be referred to as subluxed cuboid and lateral plantar neuritis.

Patients with cuboid syndrome usually feel outer foot pain that increases with weight bearing, particularly on hard surfaces and in unsupportive shoes. There may be weakness during the push off phase of running as well. Pain may radiate into the sole of the foot, the front of the ankle or into the toes. Pain may also increase from firm pressure or squeezing the cuboid bone.

The Cuboid is a cube-like bone that sits in-between the heel and the base of little toe. When we run, the unique shape of the cuboid makes it fundamental in stabilizing the foot to prevent excessive ‘rolling out’ when we strike the ground.

During running, the combinations of movements of the foot and ankle and repetitive contraction of muscles in the shin, place stress on the cuboid bone and surrounding soft tissue. If these forces are excessive and beyond what the bone and surrounding soft tissue can withstand, this may cause the cuboid bone to sublux or slightly move out of its normal alignment. When this happens, the condition is known as cuboid syndrome.

Current physiotherapy management of cuboid syndrome includes manual therapy, taping, a strengthening programme to focus on the dynamic stabilization of the foot, and the use of an orthotic. Although symptoms may ease with rest, research has shown that a combination of aforementioned treatments can help manage cuboid syndrome effectively and help you return to pain free running at a much faster rate.

Call us on 92673775 to make an appointment and we can help you get back to pain free running.

Compiled by Sean Li, Physiotherapist, Physico City Physiotherapy. Ph: 92673775