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Cuboid Subluxation: A Case Study and Review of the Literature

Adams, Erik; Madden, Chris

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181c1b939
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Cuboid subluxation involves displacement of the cuboid, resulting in pain and problems with push off during dancing or running. Its incidence varies with the population being studied, being apparently highest in ballet dancers. Most cuboid subluxations are plantar and medial, with rare dorsal subluxations. Diagnosis rests on adequate clinical evaluation, and traditional imaging tends to be unhelpful. Ultrasound imaging may offer some insights, although much remains to be learned about this imaging modality in cuboid subluxation. Treatment focuses on conservative measures, including cuboid manipulation, bracing and taping, activity modification, and orthotics. Immobilization may be warranted in cases in which instability is noted, such as after acute traumatic injury. Most athletes and dancers with this disorder return to full participation after successful treatment. Adequate awareness and understanding of this condition will lead to improved diagnosis and outcomes.

1Midwest Sports Medicine Institute, Middleton, WI; 2Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI; 3Longs Peak Sports and Family Medicine, Longs Peak Family Practice, Private Practice, Longmont, CO; 4Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences, Denver, CO

Address for correspondence: Erik Adams, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM, Midwest Sports Medicine Institute, 2521 Allen Blvd., Middleton, WI 53562 (E-mail:

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