The word gait simply refers to one's style of walking. We walk differently because of different things that influence us. These might include mood, pathology(disease), social and environmental factors.
Normal gait is efficient as well as protective to the body from injury.
With even a small injury, gait(walking) pattern can be altered greatly. Pain, weakness, and stiffness can all lead to the development of abnormal gait patterns. Eve mood change can be a great contributor to altered gait.
A happy mood will lead to a bouncing gait while a depressed mood will lead to heavy steps. Apart from mood changes and other factors mentioned above, gait pattern can also be changed following sensory function disturbances, balance and flexibility issues.
Abnormal gait will lead to different functional outcomes. Usually problems with gait will lead to decline in function in the eldery. Gait abnormalities in the eldery might lead to instability and falls.
Gait analysis refers to examination of movement. It can be done in different ways but an experienced physiotherapist will be able to analyze it via observation. Other means of detecting gait include video gait analysis which can slow down the walking action for both assessment and correction purposes. Others use force plate computer analysis.
With injury or illness, your gait can greatly deviate from the normal. For instance:
Your physiotherapist is an expert in movement and if you have walking or running problems, consult a physiotherapist.
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