Gait refers to the way a person walks from speed and step length to posture and limb positioning. Those who have experienced amputation or limb loss often find it challenging to regain a normal gait pattern. In this case, “normal” refers to a pattern that is symmetrical and fits in with the average pattern.
The more invasive the amputation, the more likely a patient is to experience a limp. Muscles may lose their strength, and sensory receptors may stop working. For this reason, a patient may appear unstable and unbalanced.
How to Maintain a Normal Gait Pattern
It takes a great amount of energy to compensate for weakness in your gait pattern. For this reason, it is important to talk to your orthopedic specialist about appropriate pre- and post-amputation exercises. Therapeutic exercises will help you regain stability.
Using parallel bars, walkers, crutches, or treadmills, many patients who wear a prosthesis or other orthopedic devices learn to walk with a cane, and then with no aid at all. No matter how long you have worn your orthopedic brace or prosthetic device, it is vital to periodically check on your gait pattern.
For athletes, gait pattern is extremely important. If you wear a running prosthesis, your gait may be different when you are running versus when you are walking. With help from professionals, you can work on both patterns.
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