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Kelly Osborne Tries to Have Fun Despite Five Foot Fractures and Cuboid Syndrome

Posted by on Monday, March 7th, 2016


Maintaining a positive disposition during recovery is one of the biggest challenges for our Manhattan foot fracture patients. The feet are central to everything we do  whether it’s getting out of bed in the morning, fixing a snack, ambling to the bathroom, or working. Two months is an awfully long time to “lay low,” especially for the busy professionals, athletes, and celebrities that populate New York. Perhaps we can all take a page from Kelly Osbourne, who put on a brave face for the judging of “Australia’s Got Talent” despite being in excruciating pain.

In Cuboid Syndrome, the cuboid bone of the midfoot becomes partially dislocated, dropping out of its usual alignment
Damage to the cuboid bone sometimes happens alongside foot stress fractures. (Image Source:

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What Happened to Kelly Osbourne?

The incident occurred a few days before Christmas. According to Shape MagazineKelly was gazing at herself in the mirror and admiring how great she looks since losing 70 pounds  when she rolled right off the treadmill machine and hit the mirror behind her!

She later posted on social media that she had a “stress fracture,” which is not the type of acute injury described above. If the doctors ruled it a “stress fracture,” we suspect she may have injured her foot slowly over time by working out too heavily and wearing the wrong shoes; the fall off the treadmill was just the icing on the cake.

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Cuboid Syndrome and Complications with Foot Fractures

The 31-year-old star revealed that, in addition to sustaining five separate foot fractures, she also had a chipped bone, torn tendon, and Cuboid Syndrome along the outer portion of her foot. Cuboid Syndrome is a common co-injury observed with stress fractures where ligament damage causes a small bone on the outside of the midfoot (that attaches the heel to a joint) to fall out of position. The end result is tremendous pain and limitations in movement.

Cuboid Syndrome runs consistent with a repetitive strain injury of the foot. However, Osbourne also met two other risk factors for Cuboid Syndrome — a history of ankle sprains and naturally flat feet, so it really was the perfect storm for her.

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A Word To The Wise About High Heels

Unfortunately, there were a few complications with Osbourne’s recover, so she will likely be looking at a longer recovery than the typical two months. Kelly had a great team addressing her injury, but she still had to go back to the hospital after her first splint “did not work correctly.” We wonder if that has something to do with the fact she was sporting heels during the “Australia’s Got Talent” auditions. She told the press: “They said the only way you can wear heels is if you take a walking stick. I literally can’t walk without it.”

Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, our board-certified podiatrists, podiatric surgeons and rehabilitation specialists would never recommend going out in high heels — cane or no cane. Of course, we understand that patients are going to do what they want to do, regardless of our advice, so we try to take a realistic approach to recovery and work within the expectations of each patient.

If you are a professional athlete eager to get back to the game soon, you have difficulty getting additional time off work, or you have a big vacation planned, we will give you our best suggestions to get through everyday challenges on the road so you can make a full recovery. At the end of the day, our friendly service and in-depth understanding of what you’re enduring are what gets us so many glowing testimonials.

Contact us for acute and long-term care of foot fractures in Manhattan or Westchester, NY.



If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.