What is Cuboid Syndrome?
Many athletes get this but non-athletes are also at risk of getting it. Those who have flat feet or who are involved in activities such as dancing or gymnastics are at high risk for this syndrome. One symptom of this syndrome is a weakening of the foot, but if you are not sure if you have it, you should talk with your podiatrist.
Cuboid Syndrome Symptoms
When a person potentially has cuboid syndrome, he may experience severe lateral foot pain, pressure on the foot and a joint that is out of place. Ankle sprain is a major sign that you could have this syndrome so you want to visit your doctor and take a break from strenuous activity. He may prescribe medication or a minor surgery if something is wrong with the joint.
Here is how the doctor will test to see if you have this syndrome. He will take an X-ray of the affected foot to look for any sprains or any damage to the cuboid. Others may do an X-ray along with a CAT scan or MRI to examine your cuboid further. During the meeting you should discuss the symptoms you experienced recently and any situations which caused the problem.
How to Treat Cuboid Syndrome
Some doctors treat cuboid syndrome by manipulating the cuboid bone and padding your foot to keep the cuboid in its’ position. For more severe cases, the doctor will prescribe crutches and a few weeks of rest from physical activity. During the initial stage of the syndrome, you may receive anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce swelling in your foot from the syndrome. It also helps to do some stretching exercises while resting and massage therapy may help.
There are ways you can prevent this syndrome. If you are an athlete, you should not overuse your foot and ankle muscles and choose comfortable tennis shoes that are not too tight for your feet. If you start to feel constant pain in your feet, you want to cease activity until the pain goes away. Read articles on how to prevent foot injuries and talk to people who had this syndrome.
Talking to Your Doctor About Physical Activity After Treatment
After you experience treatment, you should talk to your doctor about the resumption of physical activity. He may suggest that during the first few weeks after your treatment, you should avoid physical activity. Another thing the doctor may tell you is that you stop certain activities altogether if your cuboid had severe damage following cuboid syndrome. Some lighter activities you can engage in include walking, bowling, light jogging and swimming. If you are a female you want to avoid high heels.
Getting Physical Exams
If you are a first-time athlete, you want to meet with your podiatrist at least three to four times a year in between games because you want to make sure your feet are in good shape. This is important because athletes are at the highest risk for this syndrome.
Understanding the Foot’s Anatomy
If you want to get a better understanding of how this syndrome affects your foot, you can research your foot’s anatomy as it relates to this syndrome. You can obtain this information from your podiatrist, medical journals and brochures at community health clinics. Sometimes your coach can give information on this topic.
Cuboid syndrome is common among athletes and is painful but it does not have to ruin your life and hinder your favorite activities. If you follow your podiatrist’s advice and get adequate rest for a few weeks after the injury, your feet will feel better and you will be able to get back to sports again. You do not want to overuse your foot muscles and an ice pack always works when you need to reduce the pain and pressure on your foot due to the syndrome. You may get this syndrome every few months so it will not become a permanent problem for your feet.