Hypermobility is the term used to describe the ability to move joints beyond the normal range of motion, more commonly known or 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 hypermobility can affect the structure of joints, particularly ligaments and other ‘soft’ tissues around their joints. These injuries may cause immediate acute pain and sometimes lead to chronic longer-term issue.
Typically, the feet are the most commonly affected area, due to their complex mixture of bones and soft tissue structures. Postural alignment issues can have a knock-on effect, causing postural issue throughout the body.
Bespoke Foot Orthotics are the recommended treatment option for the majority of patients with hypermobility. Often patients present with pain issues or have altered their posture to try and offset the pain; Proprioceptive Insoles may be the preferred prescription for these patients.
The Hypermobility Syndrome Association provides a wide range of information, advice and support.