Childrens Podiatry | Hypermobility
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So what exactly is hypermobility?

Hypermobility is a condition that causes an individual joint to be moved through their range of motion more easily, in which the joints move beyond the normal range of motion. It has been found that between 10-15% of children have been diagnosed with hypermobile joints. You may have also heard hypermobility referred to as loose joints or double jointed. Children who are predisposed to developing hypermobility may do so due to inheriting specific genes from their parents. Those who are diagnosed with hypermobility may also be at risk of developing a condition known as Ehlers- Danlos syndrome (EDS).

Common symptoms that your child may experience include:

  • Excessive motion at the joints
  • Increased risk of injury
  • Pain at the knees, hips, elbows and fingers
  • Increased risk of joint dislocation and sprains
  • Scoliosis of the spine

You may notice that your child is able the hyperextend their knees or elbows future than 10 degrees as well as able to place their hands on the ground while the knee joint remains extended.