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Try not to call it a cane. Instead, calling this assistive device a "walking stick" or even a "trekking stick" evokes more positive images of youth, vigor, and an active lifestyle. This handy object can assist you in easing many types of pain. All the way down the chain, from the low back to the feet, a walking stick can reduce the stress and strain that comes with everyday activities or a walk in the woods.
Researchers in Australia recently showed that the use of a cane reduced the load on the knee by 10%. By reducing knee joint stress, the pain, swelling, and stiffness is less likely to become debilitating. Knee arthritis plagues many people who line up for knee replacement surgery. That surgery can be postponed and activities can continue with a little help from a walking stick or two. That's right, two. Some of the most avid hikers in the world use two trekking sticks to help support their bodies over the uneven terrain. Not only does this technique reduce the load on ...
No one would think of walking as a perishable skill. Without practice and repetition, walking can become a sloppy waddle. This skill involves multiple intricate components of muscle activation and nerve coordination. The foot and ankle need to be well synchronized to complete good heel-to-toe progression after the heel strikes the ground. The knee and hip must flex and extend at appropriate times. Finally, the pelvis must be able to hold the entire torso up during the precarious moment that a person is standing on one leg as the other leg swings forward. Normally, the individual does not have to consciously think about any of this movement. Sometimes walking is worth a second thought, especially when it hurts to walk.
Foot and ankle coordination can be simply improved by mindfully thinking about flexing the ankle so the toes don't drag on the ground as the leg swings through and mindfully thinking about pushing off after the foot has struck the ground. Many trips and fall...
Treating the cause often improves the gait. For example, gait abnormalities from trauma to part of the leg will improve as the leg heals.
Physical therapy almost always helps with short-term or long-term gait disorders. Therapy will reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.
For an abnormal gait that occurs with conversion disorder, counseling and support from family members are strongly recommended.
For a propulsive gait:
Encourage the person to be as independent as possible.
Allow plenty of time for daily activities, especially walking. People with this problem are likely to fall because they have poor balance and are always trying to catch up.
Provide walking assistance for safety reasons, especially on uneven ground.
See a physical therapist for exercise therapy and walking retraining.
For a scissors gait:
People with a scissors gait often lose skin sensation. Skin care ...
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