Childrens Podiatry | Hyper-elasticity
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Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome (EDS) also known as hyper-elasticity is a condition that affects that skin, ligaments, cartilage and blood vessels as a due to the disruption of structural skin proteins. EDS is a rare condition often inherited from a child’s parents. Typically all of the 6 types of EDS feature a significantly large joint range of motion known as hypermobility. It has been found that infants with EDS will also experience some form of muscle weakness that may lead to delays in their development for common activities such as sitting, standing and walking.  With the presentation of loose and unstable joints you may be more likely to dislocate joints. A common feature of EDS in infants includes hypermobility and dislocations of the hip joint at birth.

Physical characteristics of EDS include:

  • Hypermobile joints,
  • Skin will often appear soft,
  • Stretchy
  • Fragile,
  • Easy bruised
  • Poor wound healing.