Custom orthotics for hypermobility
Custom orthotics are widely used for symptomatic hypermobility. This occurs in adults and children. Hypermobility is widely genetic. Passed down from parents to children. There are also other types of hypermobilty which are genetic abnormalities such as marfams, or Ehlers danlos syndrome.
Joint range of motion
Joint have a range of motion that is whithin normal limits. Hypermobilty is when these joints move much further than they should do. For example. The big toe joint is meant to have aprox 45 degess for walking and up to around 60 degress. More than 90 degress is considered abnormal and hypermobile. The are a few different tests that you can do in order to see how flexable you really are. The main tests are done under the beightons scale for hypermobility.
Here are examples of a few test that are used in order to diagnose your level of hypermobiltiy.
- Bend forward and place your hands flat on the floor without bending your knees.
- Straighten your elbows past a neutral position (hyperextend) (one point for each elbow).
- Straighten your knees past a neutral position (hyperextend) (one point for each knee).
- Bend your pinky (little) fingers back beyond 90 degrees (one point for each finger).
- Bend your thumbs back to touch your forearms (one point for each thumb).
The orthotics that this client has been made for has been suffering from aching legs, feet, knees and loweer back. When a joint it hypermobile it becomes very unstable. This instubility requires your muscles to work overtime in order stablise the joint. This results in fatique and aching.
Custom orthotics are commonly used for hypermobilty to help stabalise the feet which can help in reduceing overuse. This in turns helps reduce the aching and fatique.The orthotics are only as good as the shoes that they are put into. This is why it is important for the podiatrist to give footwear recomendations that are suitable to put the orthotics into.
If you think that you are hypermobile and experience aching feet or legs then book in with our podiatrist today.
Blog written by Mike, Podiatrist