At first hyperflexibility (aka being double-jointed) may sound like a good thing. Or, for some people, it must sound like a sexual thing, because I've gotten quite a few inappropriate leers or comments if I happen to mention being hyperflexible. (Seriously, if that's where your mind went: Not everything is about sex!)
But as I keep finding out, hyperflexibility is bad. Very bad. A few years back, a rheumatologist was looking into my chronic joint pain and decided that my joints simply get sore and inflamed because they bend way too much. Now it turns out my feet are also hyperflexible and it's causing a slew of problems.
That's right, I had my first physical therapy appointment yesterday to start dealing with the stress fractures in my feet. And yes, that's feet, plural, my right foot hurts much more but both have the same problems.
As soon as my physical therapist watched me walk, she asked, "Are you very flexible?" Uh oh. I'd heard this before... Then, while examining my feet, she kept twisting and turning them and commenting on how far they bent in every direction. (We had a few laughs over my near-circus-freak bendability--she's super nice!)
It may be odd - considering that I already knew I'm hyperflexible in pretty much all of my other joints - but I'd never considered that the joints in my feet could be hyperflexible. I don't really think about my feet at all because they're just.... well, feet.
The solution is to relearn how to walk, because my feet have been doing it wrong for 30-some years. In a nutshell, the joints in my feet are so flexible that the muscles are working overtime to keep them stable. The wrong foot muscles have overdeveloped in an effort to compensate, leaving the muscles that should be doing the job to slack off.
As a result of all this, the weight isn't distributed properly in my feet, they don't step properly, and my entire gait is a mess. My hyperflexible knees and hips might be contributing as well, so they are going to get some attention too.
It looks like I'll be in PT for at least six weeks, possibly with some maintenance appointments after that. In the meantime, no weight bearing exercise and stay off my feet as much as possible so the stress fractures can heal.
I did find out that I can use a stationary bike for cardio though, so hopefully I won't turn into an entire puddle of goo while I'm recuperating!