Instead of overstretching, patients are advised that strengthening is needed. Regular exercise and conditioning of muscles helps to protect and support the joints. Joints not supported by strong muscles run a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Podiatrists can also help hypermobile persons improve joint stability. Placing an orthotic device under the feet changes the way the rest of the body moves. Incidences of ankle or foot sprains can be reduced, and the orthotics also assist to realign the feet, knees and hips. The orthotics also provide support in the case of flat feet caused or exacerbated by hypermobility, and can also lower the likelihood of tendinopathies and arthritis.
If conservative treatment options are insufficient to address the pain, surgical options to help stabilize the joints from within should be explored. Our podiatrists are able to provide you with referrals for suitable orthopaedic specialists.
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