Gait refers to how a person walks. An intricate set of movements, the process relies on the muscles, ears, eyes, and brain. As such, walking difficulties can result when something compromises any of these systems — especially if the individual or medical professionals fail to address the underlying issue. Depending on the specific cause, abnormal gait may be temporary or permanent. Many cases are self-correcting; for those that are not, doctors can attempt a variety of treatment options.
Abnormal gait is a term used to describe unusual walking patterns. Typically, this occurs when the body systems responsible for proper movement fail to coordinate. As a result, there are noticeable abnormalities in one’s gait. Depending on the severity, this may lead to an increased risk of falls and injuries.
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