Hypermobility is the term used to describe the ability to move joints beyond the normal range of movement, more commonly known referred to as double-jointed. It can be a symptom of a variety of conditions such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome. It is very common in children and adolescents, and may have no medical consequences whatsoever.
However, some hypermobile people can injure their joints, ligaments and other ‘soft’ tissues around their joints. These injuries may cause immediate acute pain and sometimes lead to chronic longer-term pain.
Typically, the feet are the most significantly affected area, due to their complex mixture of bones and soft tissue. Postural alignment issues can have a knock-on effect, causing miserable postural pain throughout the body.
Bespoke Foot Orthotics are the recommended treatment option for the majority of hypermobile patients we see with long-term pain. If patients have adapted to pain by altering their posture, Proprioceptive Insoles may be the preferred prescription.
The Hypermobility Syndrome Association provides a wide range of information, advice and support.