What is Gait?
The medical definition of gait is a manner or way of walking. An average gait may be described as placing one foot in front of the other and moving from heel to ball of the foot; which is too simplistic of a description as there are so many other variables.
Which it is an illness, injury or even misalignment in the knees or pelvis, abnormalities in gait typically can't be controlled. Most walking problems are due to some kind of physical condition. The following are some typical gait abnormalities:
- Propulsive gait: a stooped, stiff posture with the head and neck bent forward
- Scissors gait: legs flexed slightly at the hips and knees like crouching, with knees and thighs hitting or crossing in a scissor-like movement.
- Spastic gait: a stiff, foot-dragging walk caused by long muscle contraction on one side.
- Steppage gait: foot drop where the foot hangs with the toes pointing down, causing the toes to scrape the ground while walking, requiring someone to lift the leg higher than normal when walking
- Waddling gait: a duck-like walk that may appear in childhood or later in life.
Foot and Knee Misalignments
The process of walking requires movement of the legs from the hips, a bending of the knees, and then a concerted movement between the feet and ankles. If any misalignment exists then the gait is affected.
Proper Shoes for All Ages
UGGs have little to no arch support and are very loose-fitting, meaning that people slog around in them. Their ankles will roll inward and arches and tendons will collapse with each step or, in order to avoid the previous stated effects, wearers will drag their feet making that irritating foot-dragging sound called the "UGG shuffle" by the Urban Dictionary. Flip-flops similarly affect the gait because the wearer takes shorter steps and grips the shoe with their toes.
Benefits of Inserts
The Pros and Cons of Being Barefoot
The Chiropractic Factor
- First, check your shoes. They should be worn evenly in the heel. If they are worn more to the inside or outside of the heel then there may be a problem either with your feet or your gait. Be sure to show your shoes to your Family Wellness Chiropractor if you believe there is a concern.
- Second, check your walk. When out for a stroll do your arms swing smoothly, do your legs move smoothly? If not, there may be a problem which can be discussed with your Family Chiropractor.
- Finally, is there pain? If you aren't much of a walker and are typically more sedentary its going to be normal for an abnormal amount of walking to cause discomfort in your feet or ankle, knees, thighs, or even hips but not your back. If walking causes lower back pain, be sure to mention it to you Family Wellness Chiropractor.