Lower extremity pain should be treated. If there is any dysfunction or pain in the lower extremities, it is normal that walking problems will occur. Walking gate is a term used by physical therapists.
Gait training is a series of exercises designed to improve your ability to move better. This includes increasing range of motion, strengthening lower extremities, and maintaining balance.
It is our ultimate goal to help you work safely and normally.
Make sure to keep in touch with your physical therapist before you start any gait training. Ask them to show you every exercise, so that there is less chance of injury if they do the exercises incorrectly.
We will be discussing two important aspects of gait training.
It is almost common to need an assist device to allow you to walk normally after a lower extremity injury, surgery, or other procedure. The best one for you will be determined by your physical therapist.
The choice of assistive device depends on the severity of your injury. For example, a wheelchair is more preferred for an elderly person with a leg fracture. However, a Walker is suitable for a younger person with strong upper extremities.
- Lofstrand crutches
- Standard walker and wheeled walker
Your physical therapist will help you decide which device is best for you. They can also show you how to use it.
It is important to increase your range of motion after a lower extremity injury.
- Ankle pump
- Stretching your calf using a towel
- Slides for the heel
- Hamstring stretches
- Hip rotation
This is an important step in order to keep your full range of motion. When you start to walk back, it can help to strengthen your muscles and joints.
Always follow your physical therapist’s advice and don’t make any decisions or attempt to exercise on your own