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Abnormal Gaits

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 00:00

An abnormal gait is a dysfunctional walking pattern. It typically occurs due to biomechanical problems win the feet and ankles. In a normal gait, the feet both spend roughly an equal amount of time in contact with the ground. Many patients complain of a painful (antalgic) gait. This type of gait is usually due to a foot or ankle injury. The patient avoids bearing weight on the injured foot, resulting in an altered gait with shorter strides and an inequality in the amount of time each foot spends in contact with the ground (with the injured foot on the ground less). A high steppage gait is a walking pattern characterized by bending the knee more than is normal while walking. Patients do this to compensate for weak anterior compartment muscles, which can cause their foot to drop or slap onto the ground. If you have an abnormal gait, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Julie Jurd-Sadler, DPM from Progressive Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Ijamsville and Mouth Airy, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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