Cuboid Cobbles Hinder Elite Youth Football Player

Jari Dahmen Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Amsterdam University Medical Centers (AUMC), Amsterdam, Netherlands. Academic Center for Evidence Based Sports Medicine (ACES), Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Amsterdam Collaboration for Health and Safety in Sports (ACHSS), International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Center, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Sjoerd A.S. Stufkens Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Amsterdam University Medical Centers (AUMC), Amsterdam, Netherlands. Academic Center for Evidence Based Sports Medicine (ACES), Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Amsterdam Collaboration for Health and Safety in Sports (ACHSS), International Olympic Committee (IOC) Research Center, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Miki Dalmau-Pastor Human Anatomy and Embryology Unit, Department of Pathology and Experimental Therapeutics, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

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Mario Maas Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam University Medical Centers (AUMC), Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Gino M.M.J. Kerkhoffs Human Anatomy and Embryology Unit, Department of Pathology and Experimental Therapeutics, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

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Abstract

We describe an elite youth football player who developed lateral foot pain of previously unknown origin. A thorough patient history and physical examination as well as an in-depth presentation of radiographic findings on Computed tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan were described. Through this combination, the puzzle was resolved and a rare peroneus longus tendinopathy due to bony spurs in the cuboid groove was diagnosed. A peroneus longus exploration, release and reduction of the cuboidal bone spurs was performed and intensive rehabilitation phase followed. The patient successfully returned to performance and set a career in professional football.

Corresponding authors: Prof. Gino M.M.J. Kerkhoffs, MD, PhD, Amsterdam UMC, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (E-mail: g.m.kerkhoffs@amsterdamumc.nl) & J. Dahmen, MD, Amsterdam, UMC, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (E-mail: j.dahmen@amsterdamumc.nl)
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