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An Unsteady Gait Can Indicate Health Issues

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

We learn to walk at an early age, putting one foot in front of the other to get somewhere else. Unless you are on a trail or other uneven surface, most people have a smooth and even gait. When this normal pattern changes and the walking is less steady, it may be a sign of a problem termed ataxic gait. Symptoms include dizziness or vertigo, shuffling, loss of balance, and stumbling. Among the causes of an unsteady gait are cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal or neurological disorders, infections, or certain medications. Someone with an unsteady gait may exhibit changes, such as standing or walking with the feet wider apart, walking more slowly, or falling more often. If you notice such changes in behavior around walking, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a gait evaluation. You may be asked to walk toe to heel, and your stance, step length, and balance will be noted. At that point, the podiatrist can recommend the proper course of action for you to take to address the problem of an unsteady gait.  

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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