A freezing gait differs from muscle rigidity and bradykinesia. People with Parkinson's sometimes hesitate to move forward and report feeling as if their feet are glued to the ground. This freezing is often temporary, with the person assuming a normal gait after the first stride. However, it can cause a loss of balance and increases the risk of a fall. This is especially true when it occurs during pivoting, walking on uneven surfaces, or on stairs.
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