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 a 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 issues 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.
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Kingston Upon Thames location:
We also have the Gait Laboratory for orthotics patients and Onsite Manufacturing for speedy turnarounds and adjustments whilst you wait.
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Cambridge location:
For more information about The Beechwood Complementary Medical Practice, please visit The Beechwood Practice.
We have the following facilities and amenities at our Bristol location:
For more information, visit Litfield House Medical Centre.
Due to COVID-19, we have had to temporarily close the Salford clinic and are operating out of another clinic in Bolton.
508 Blackburn Rd,
For more information, please visit The Good Health Centre
An insole is a contoured orthotic device which alters the characteristics and biomechanics of the foot and ankle area. Biomechanics are concerned with mechanical laws and how they affect the living body, especially the musculoskeletal system.
They are removable devices, often made from plastic, that are designed to fit inside a shoe to provide additional support for your feet. As well as offering shock absorption, an insole can help distribute the weight of your body more effectively across the foot and can be made bespoke to cover a range of biomechanical conditions.
If you have symptoms in your feet, ankles, hips or your lower back that are intermittent or were not there to start with in early life, and have started to cause you pain over a period of time, bespoke orthotic insoles could be an excellent option.
If you have already tried rest, icing, compression and elevation and your feet have not recovered, we recommend a biomechanical assessment to consider the possibility of insoles. They are a non-invasive approach to treatment and in many cases, are a great option for symptoms that are not severe enough to warrant surgical intervention. Alternatively, they can be considered as an option prior to surgery.
We will send patients away when an insole is not appropriate, if a patient is suffering with iliotibial band syndrome for example, the problem can be helped with physiotherapy and a stretching programme. That’s what our biomechanical assessment is all about; determining whether there would be any benefit from altering the alignment of your feet.
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