Typically a symptom of a larger problem, hypotonia is usually noticed at birth or during infancy when the child cannot keep their knees or elbows bent, appearing limp or "floppy." Although usually appearing early on in life, hypotonia can manifest at any age.
Hypotonia occurs as a result of disruption between nerves and muscles, affecting the nervous system and motor nerves and reducing movement and strength of the muscle. Those with hypotonia will need lifelong care and support.
Signs of this symptom include bad posture, speech difficulty, delay in motor skills, reduced strength and poor reflexes and little to no control of the head. Although less common, these signs can appear later in life.
If you are concerned that your child is suffering from hypotonia, stop by our Bankstown or Riverstone clinic for a consultation with one of our experienced and friendly podiatrists. Alternatively, you can give us a call or fill out a contact form on our website.