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Facts About Cuboid Bone Fractures

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

A stress fracture of the cuboid bone is said to be more common among people who run and play sports like basketball, gymnastics, and ballet. The main symptom of a cuboid stress fracture is continually building pain on the top of the foot near the 4th and 5th metatarsals. A cuboid stress fracture is considered to be a repetitive overuse injury and may be difficult to detect. At first, pain is experienced during or directly after activity, but it often progresses to pain while at rest which is a sure sign of a stress fracture, experts say. This injury may be the result of rapid increases in training distance, duration, or intensity. Other considerations are nutrition, footwear, and medications. A proper diagnosis can be made through imaging tests, such as an MRI. Treatment usually starts with rest, ice, compression, and elevation, but may include wearing a cast or boot. Surgery may be needed in more severe cases. Bone healing typically takes six to ten weeks. For further information, please consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Garner, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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