Around 10–20% of children suffer from a form of joint hyper-mobility.
Although hypermobility is often benign, it can have a marked effect on the small bones of the feet and fingers as well as the knees, elbow joints and ankles.
If your child doesn’t relish the prospect of going for a runabout at the local park, it's easy to assume they are just tired or being lazy; in fact, this could be subconscious behaviour to avoid engaging in an activity that brings discomfort.
Often children don’t know how to express pain or discomfort in any way other than by complaining, which many parents are all too familiar with, but sometimes there is a deeper cause.
However, there are lots of things you can do to minimise and even eradicate the discomfort, and that starts with a well-fitting pair of shoes!
Supportive kids' shoes are an absolute must. They help to stabilise the foot which in turn can add stability to knee and hip joints and ultimately help your child to form an appropriate gait.
School shoes have a particularly important role to play. They need to be robust enough to withstand the traumas of the playground, to give them confidence in their appearance and still be very supportive, particularly if joint hypermobility is a factor.
Thankfully today there are many stylish footwear options available so durable shoes for kids don’t need to look clumpy and your child can still run freely in the playground!
Supportive shoes can also add extra stability to the ankle as well as helping your child feel super comfortable!
Building up a tolerance to exercise is also vital. Taking your child on a long walk can compound the problem and put them off. So, start easy with a walk that is no more than 5–10 minutes long for toddlers and younger children and gradually increase that by a few minutes a week to give the muscles chance to develop and stabilise the joints. If in doubt always ask a foot health specialist.
For a more pronounced problem, consider getting your child a referral for orthotics. Orthotics will generally fit into most styles of shoe and simply require a little extra room when fitting.
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