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Difficulty in walking

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What Are Walking Problems?

Difficulty walking is the common way people describe gait abnormalities. An abnormal gait is any unusual or uncontrollable change in normal walking pattern.
Walking problems are abnormalities and issues in performing the activity of walking. They can be patterns that cannot be controlled and hurt how we walk as individuals. Difficulty walking can be caused by genetic disorders, physical injuries, or underlying medical and neurological conditions.
Walking is typically a smooth motion created by putting one foot in front of the other. Unless you’re walking on an uneven surface, your walking pattern should feel steady and even.

What are the symptoms of walking Problems?

  • Propulsive gait: A person with this condition walks with their head and neck thrust forward.
  • Scissors gait: A person with this gait walks with their legs bent slightly inward. As they walk, their knees and thighs may cross or hit each other in a scissor-like movement.
  • Spastic gait: A person with spastic gait drags their feet while walking. 
  • Waddling gait: A person with this gait waddles from side to side when walking.

Causes of Difficulty in Walking

It causes of difficulty in walking involve the negative impact of the muscles or the skeletal structure on the body. This includes poor posture, hip dysplasia, and tendonitis. These conditions have a physical impact on the muscles that hinder movement. A herniated disc and weak muscles are also causes of difficulty in walking, as muscles and bones are not functioning correctly in the body.

Treatment of Walking Difficulty

There are several ways of treating walking difficulties. Medication can sometimes be prescribed to help with balance and other physical conditions. Physiotherapy for walking can help relax muscles and joints and aid in walking for people unable to walk.

A walking aid such as shoe splints or walking sticks can be advised to make walking more accessible and convenient. Physical therapy is also an effective way of strengthening the muscles and joints and helping improve posture and balance, which can facilitate better walking ability.

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