What Is Joint Hypermobility?
Joint hypermobility is a condition, where all the joints within the body can move more than normal.
Hypermobile joints can be referred to as “flexible” or “double jointed”. Elite gymnasts, dancers and athletes
have become the best at their job due to this hypermobility – meaning this is not always a bad thing.
Common problems associated with joint hypermobility include:
- Soft tissue injuries such as muscle tears or muscle strains
- Joint subluxations or dislocations
- Overuse injuries
Patients with hypermobile joints are at greater risk of developing ongoing pain or fatigue in joints and muscles. This overuse can limit their ability to participate in day-to-day activities such as walking, running and playing sport. For this reason, your Sydney podiatrist suggests physical strengthening and conditioning to help the body cope with the increased load that comes with joint hypermobility.
Joint injuries are more likely in the inactive hypermobile group. Exercise helps increase muscle strength and support. Therefore, your podiatrist suggests maintain an active healthy life, to help maintain healthy joints. Another way we can provide stability to painful, hypermobile feet is custom foot orthotics. Lower limb biomechanics are complex – and detailed analysis should be undertaken before prescribing an orthotic, however an orthotic insole can provide stability and load reduction to the foot, knee and ankle. Another treatment recommendation for hypermobile joints is correct footwear prescription. A soft, flexible shoe is not good for a soft, flexible foot.
What are the symptoms of joint hypermobility
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Generalised increased pain with increased activity
- Poor balance and stability
- Falls and clumsiness
- Muscle sprains or tears
- Reduced interest in sport
Children and adults can equally be impacted by joint hypermobility. If you think our friendly podiatrist can help you, book in an appointment at Reform Podiatry Camden.