Physical Therapy Gait Training Exercises

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 one’s ability to move. This includes increasing the range of motion, strengthening lower extremities, and maintaining balance.

It is our ultimate goal to help you work safely and normally.

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 you do the exercises incorrectly.

We will be discussing two important aspects of gait training.

Assisted devices

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 preferred for an elderly person with a leg fracture. However, a walker suits a younger person with strong upper extremities.

  • Crutches
  • Lofstrand crutches
  • Standard walker and wheeled walker
  • Cane
  • Wheelchair

Your physical therapist will help you decide which device is best for you. They can also show you how to use it.

Motion range

Increasing your range of motion after a lower extremity injury is important.

  • 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

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