Having an abnormal gait can cause you to develop an unusual or irregular walking pattern. If you suffer from an abnormal gait, book an appointment with the specialists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers. The team specializes in conservative care and offers some of the latest treatment options. To speak with a podiatrist about your abnormal gait, book an appointment at one of the offices in Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and Belle Glade, Florida, by phone or schedule online today.
The term gait refers to your walking pattern. Walking requires your brain and muscles to work together to control your movements. Having an abnormal gait can mean you lack balance or coordination or simply have trouble walking normally.
An abnormal gait can cause you to waddle, take smaller steps, walk slowly, or even walk with your head or neck bent over. Issues like loss of balance or coordination can put you at risk of injuries, leading to further problems with your health.
Although it’s not something you usually think about, walking is essential to your daily life and overall health, so it’s important to properly address any changes to your regular walking pattern.
A wide range of underlying problems can affect your walking pattern. You can develop an abnormal gait from something as simple as ill-fitting shoes to a neurological condition. Some common causes of an abnormal gait include:
Common foot problems like sprains, ankle instability, and bunions can cause pain and changes to your foot or ankle structure that alter the way you walk. Over time, these issues can lead to further complications like back or hip pain.
If you suffer from any of these conditions or notice changes to the way you walk, let the specialists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers determine the best way to restore the health and function of your feet and ankles.
First, you and your podiatrist discuss your medical histories, such as any underlying conditions or past injuries. Your podiatrist then performs a physical exam checking for any problems or abnormalities with your feet.
In some cases, your podiatrist may perform imaging tests to evaluate your feet and ankle structure. South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers offers on-site X-rays so you can receive an in-depth evaluation at the same location.
Your podiatrist might also perform a neurological exam checking for issues with your balance, strength, and coordination. Your doctor may recommend additional testing such as lab tests or a vision test depending on your condition.
After your examination, your doctor works with you to determine the best way to address your gait abnormality.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your gait abnormality. If you suffer from an underlying foot problem like a bunion or ankle instability, treating your condition can effectively restore your normal walking pattern.
Depending on your needs, your doctor may recommend several treatments, including:
Your doctor might also recommend mobility aids like a cane or walker to help you improve your balance. At South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers, the team works with you to find the right solution for your gait abnormality.
To learn more, schedule your appointment by phone or online today.