Walking Abnormalities

A walking abnormality is when the walking gait is abnormal in some way. Diseases, injuries, or genetic factors may contribute to an abnormal walking pattern. Altered walking can further cause harm to muscles, bones, and nerves in the lower extremities and rest of the body. Depending on the severity of the walking abnormality, and how long it endures, different treatments are suggested. Walking abnormally can present itself as walking with the head and neck thrust forward, and walking with the legs bent. Additionally, it may be evident as the knees and thighs cross over each other in a scissor-like fashion, or the feet may drag while walking. Even a limp is considered to be a walking abnormality. If you find that your gait is altered and you do not know why, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an examination and diagnosis so you can be on the road to recovery.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Illinois . Our doctors 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 our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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