What is Benign Hypermobility Syndrome?
Benign hypermobility syndrome (BHS) is a condition characterized by increased flexibility and range of motion in the joints. Joint hypermobility syndrome or benign joint hypermobility syndrome are other terms for this condition.
BHS is typically identified using the Beighton score, which rates the degree of hypermobility in various joints of the body. A score of 4 or higher on a scale from 1 to 9 is often classified as hypermobile. BHS is occasionally associated to other health problems such chronic pain, joint dislocations, and joint injuries even though it is normally not considered a significant medical condition. Some people with BHS may also experience anxiety, fatigue, or gastrointestinal issues.
Benign hypermobility syndrome (BHS) can affect many joints in the body, including the feet. In fact, hypermobility of the feet is a common feature of BHS. Symptoms include foot pain, ankle instability, and flat feet. People with hypermobile feet may also be more prone to developing illnesses such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot).
Treatment for BHS typically focuses on managing symptoms, such as through physical therapy to increase muscular strength and joint stability, and pain management techniques. It can also be beneficial to keep a healthy weight and abstain from strenuous activities that could damage your joints. The doctor may also advice to use orthotic devices like braces or custom-made shoe inserts to support the feet and correct their alignment. Moreover, surgery may occasionally be required to rectify foot abnormalities or stabilize joints that are prone to dislocating.
It is important for people with BHS and hypermobile feet to be aware of their increased risk for foot and ankle injuries, and to take steps to prevent these injuries by wearing appropriate footwear, avoiding high-impact activities, and seeking prompt treatment for any foot pain or instability. For more information, click here https://www.hypermobility.org/
Are you suffering from this condition? At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help. One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington
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