Cuboid Fracture Repair

I broke my cuboid bone (5+ fractures) and had surgery on 1/10/13 to put a plate/screws in and repair the bone.  The surgeon used bone graft and the plates/screws to fuse it all together again.  He often would refer to my fracture as being a “jigsaw puzzle”.
6 months later and I am still experience pain when I stand for greater than a few minutes and walk distance.  I have not been able to run or do intense physical exercise since the fracture.  I received a cortisone shot to try and reduce the inflammation.  That worked for about two weeks, when it wore off the pain came back worse (or perhaps I was just not used to it for the two weeks prior).
Currently, I do physical therapy 3x a week for about 45-60 mins.  I have regained range of motion, but the pain is consistent and sometimes burning sensations.
My surgeon is recommending taking the plate/screws out as there is no other option at this point.  Do you have any knowledge on this type of situation?  I try researching only the cuboid fracture is not very common and the ones I have seen do not end up with the plates and screws.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says…
Perhaps the cuboid screw & plate removal may help. There is a chance the numbness may increase, due to repeated surgery at the same area of the foot. If the cuboid fracture was through the joint-then your symptoms may not improve. Screws & plates may hurt if they can be felt-unable to tell you why they would cause the symptoms described. Perhaps seek a second opinion regarding the pain & perhaps try orthotics and comfortable shoes first. If you are able to do your activities-you may not need the second surgery. If you are overweight-now is a good time to to begin a diet. Less weight on the foot will produce less symptoms.

Hope this helps.
Good Luck!
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We are located in Chicago & Elmhurst

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1 Comment

  1. Brianna Dennis

    I fractured my cuboid bone as well as a lot of damage to the rest of foot. I had surgery in June 2013. I fell in January 2013 however, the doctors wanted to avoid surgery but ultimately they did surgery. They took bone stem from my fibula and concentrated with my blood and injected that into the fracture. I am still in PT and go 5x a week. I have the pain your talking about, as well as sometimes if feels like some is trying to hole punch my foot. 7 months after surgery and it sill hurts a lot, even after I stand or walk for a long period of time.

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