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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Steppage Gait

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Gait (Definition)

Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body" . Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, ...Read more


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What is an unsteady gait? What causes it?

What is an unsteady gait? What causes it?

Examples: Most commonly an unsteady gait is due to alcohol intoxication or recreational or medical drug use. Virtually any disease or trauma to head and/or neck can make gait unstable. When this occurs due to brain or inner ear problem, balance is off and you can fall. ...Read more

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Common causes of a clumsy gait?

Common causes of a clumsy gait?

Cervical stenosis : One cause that i see in my clinic is myelopathy from cervical spine or thoracic spine compression. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID. ...Read more

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Will a tibia and fibula break with pins and rods cause a child to have a limp in his gait? Will it improve when pins/rods are removed? Been 8 months.

Will a tibia and fibula break with pins and rods cause a child to have a limp in his gait?  Will it improve when pins/rods are removed? Been 8 months.

Possible: It depend what kind fracture, did he lose some bone , is he still growing ? All those have to be taken along with the treatment. ...Read more

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Can altered gait due to injury of ankle and knee cause pain and swelling in the hamstring?

Can altered gait due to injury of ankle and knee cause pain and swelling in the hamstring?

Oh yes!: Any alteration in your gait due to an injury can then in turn cause other problems. I would see a physical therapist to begin some treatment if possible. ...Read more

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Tkr --4.5 months later.Still difficult to walk. Gait limping waddle like walk. Left hip pain increased. Cause? Had manipulation2 month ago . 125 bend

Tkr --4.5 months later.Still difficult to walk. Gait limping waddle like walk. Left hip pain increased. Cause? Had manipulation2 month ago . 125 bend

Likely Lumbar spine : Many people that have arthritic knees also have arthritic lower backs. When the low back is arthritic the usual symptoms are low back pain, weakness of legs, radiating pain down one or both legs, numbness and tingling. The usual scenario for an otherwise good tkr not going well is persistent or progressive low back problems radiating down the legs. This often results in poor recovery, stiffness. ...Read more

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Could having mild cerebral palsy cause an antalgic gait?

Could having mild cerebral palsy cause an antalgic gait?

Word games: The term antalgic refers to a gait that favors one leg to avoid pain in another. While possibly visibly the same in CP, that gait is generally due to abnormal motor function and not an effort to avoid pain. ...Read more