What is Ehlers Danlos Syndrome?

Individuals with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) have a defect in their connective tissue, the tissue that provides support to many body parts such as the skin, muscles and ligaments. The fragile skin and unstable joints found in EDS are the result of faulty collagen. Collagen is a protein, which acts as a ‘glue’ in the body adding strength and elasticity to connective tissue.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Symptoms vary widely based on which type of EDS the patient has. In each case, however, the symptoms are ultimately due to faulty or reduced amounts of collagen. EDS typically affects the joints, skin and blood vessels.

What To Look Out For?

  • Pain
  • Dislocations
  • Flat Feet
  • Subluxations
  • Hypermobility
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skin Tearing
  • Stretchy Skin
  • Soft Skin
  • Easy Bruising
  • Fatigue
  • Sprains
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Poor Healing
  • Prolapse
If you have a few of the Signs and Symptoms on the list, it may be worth chatting to your GP. If you have a diagnosis of EDS we definitely suggest you see a Podiatrist and Physio.

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