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Walking abnormalities are unusual and uncontrollable walk patterns, usually caused by diseases or injuries to the legs, feet, brain, spine, or inner ear.
Some walking abnormalities are so characteristic that they have been given descriptive names.
Causes of abnormal Gaits
Propulsive Gait : A stooped, rigid posture, with the head and neck bent forward.
Causes of Propulsive Gait
Legs flexed slightly at the hips and knees, giving the appearance of crouching, with the knees and thighs hitting or crossing in a scissors-like movement.
A stiff, foot-dragging walk caused by one-sided, long-term, muscle contraction.
Causes of Spastic Gait
1. Brain tumor
2. Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
3. Head trauma
4. Multiple sclerosis
5. Brain abscess
Foot drop where the foot hangs with the toes pointing down, causing the toes to scrape the ground while walking.
Causes of Steppage gait
Waddling Gait A distinctive duck-like walk that may appear in childhood or later in life.
Causes Waddling Gait
1. Muscular dystrophy
2. Spinal muscle atrophy
3. Congenital hip dysplasia
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