If your children are extra flexible, they may have joint hypermobility syndrome. You may have also heard hypermobility referred to as loose joints or double jointed. This is common in young children, but in some cases, can lead to problems like joint pain and injuries.
Common Symptoms that your child may experience Include:
- Excessive motion at the joints
- Poor coordination and balance which can lead to falls, tripping and clumsiness
- Increased risk of injury
- Pain at the knees, hips, elbows and fingers
- Increased risk of joint dislocation and sprains
- Scoliosis of the spine
- Often confused with growing pains
There are many ways a Podiatrist can help with hypermobility, below are some of the options Gait Way Podiatry can do to help:
- Strengthening – strengthening the foot, ankle and leg muscles by prescribing exercises that target specific muscle groups
- Correct Footwear – we will assess your current footwear and recommend appropriate footwear to support hyper mobile feet and legs.
- Orthotics – an orthotic can be very beneficial at altering the loads and forces through the joints and can help with providing stability. They also help with restoring symmetry.