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What is gait cycle?
Stride - the activity that occurs between the time one foot touches the floor and the time the same foot touches the floor again.
What is stride length?
The distance traveled during the gait cycle.
What is a step?
1/2 a stride.
What is step length?
The distance between the heel strike of one foot and the heel strike of the other foot.
What causes step length to change?
The speed of the steps. respective to speed - increase speed - increase step length and vice versa.
What is cadence?
Walking speed - is the number of steps taken per minute. Can vary greatly. Slow - around 70 steps per minute. Fast - as many as 130 steps per minute. Racewalkers - more.
What are the two phases of the gait cycle?
Stance Phase and Swing phase.
What is stance phase?
The activity that occurs when the foot is in contact with the ground. Begins with the heel strike of one foot and ends when that foot leaves the ground.
How much % of gait is the stance phase?
What is swing phase?
Occurs when the foot is not in contact with the ground. It begins as soon as the foot leaves the floor and ends when the heel of the same foot touches the floor again.
What % of gait does the swing phase make up?
What are the three tasks that need to be accomplished during these phase of the gait cycle?
Weight acceptance, single leg support, and leg advancement.
What is weight acceptance?
Occurs at the very beginning of stance phase when the foot touches the ground and the body weight begins to shift onto that leg.
What is single leg support?
Occurs after weight acceptance - as the body weight shifts completely onto the stance leg so that the opposite leg can swing forward.
When does leg advancement occur?
During the swing phase.
What is double support?
When both feet are in contact with the ground at the same time. Occurs as one leg is beginning it's stance phase and the other leg is ending it's stance phase. Takes up about 10% of total gait cycle.
What is a period of non-support?
a time during which neither foot is in contact with the ground - does not occur in walking (does in running. Biggest different besides speed between running and walking!)
What is the period of single support?
Occurs when only one foot is in contact with the ground. Takes up about 40% of the gait cycle.
What is RLA?
The gait Laboratory at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center .
What's the difference between traditional terms and RLA's terms?
Traditional - points in time
Terminology - Heel strike
Trad - heel contacts the ground
Terminology - Foot flat
Trad - plantar surface of the foot in contact with the ground
Terminology - midstance
Trad - point at which the body passes over the weight-bearing leg
Terminology - Heel-off
Trad - Heel leaves the ground, while ball of the foot and toes remain in contact with the ground.
Terminology - Toe-off
Trad - Toes leave the ground, ending stance phase
Terminology - Acceleration
Trad - the swing leg begins to move forward -
Terminology - Midswing
Trad - the swing (non-weight bearing) leg is directly under the body
Terminology - Deceleration
Trad - the leg is slowing down in preperation for heel strike
What are the 5 phases of foot stance?
1 - heel strike 2 - foot flat 3 - midstance 4 - heel-off 5 - toe-off - sometimes it's 4 phases and heel-off/toe off are considered push off.
What signals the beginning of the stance phase?
What is foot flat?
when the entire foot is in contact with the ground - occurs shortly after heel strike.
What is the tradition vs. RLA progression?
Heel strike - Foot flat - midstance - heel off
Activity - stance phase begins - task of weight acceptance begins - double leg support begins - body at lowest point in cycle.
Activity - weight shift onto stance leg continues - double leg support ends
Activity - body at highest point in cycles, single leg supports begins
Activity - body moves ahead of foot, single leg support ends
Activity - task of leg advancement begins, double leg support begins and ends
Activity - swing phase (non-weight bearing) begins, single leg support begins on contralateral side
Activity - leg shortens to clear floor, single leg support on contralateral side continues
Activity - leg advancement task ends, single support ends
What is vertical displacement?
That horizontal chalk line that shows variations in your height with gait. Highest at midstance and lowest at heel strike. Typically 2 inches of variation.
What is horizontal displacement?
center of gravity as the body weight shifts from side to side. greatest during the single leg support phase at midstance. The distance a body must shift horizontally onto one foot so that the other foot can swing forward. typically 2 inches of variation.
What's the range typically from heel to heel (horizontally if you copied your footprints?
2 to 4 inches - this is called the width of walking base.
What muscles are involved in lateral pelvic tilt?
Erector spinae group (same side - non-weight bearing) and hip abductors (opposite side - weight bearing).
What is a non-pathological effect on gait?
What are pathological reasons for gait variations?
How does the body adapt for muscular weakness/paralysis?
Shifting the center of gravity over, or toward the part that is involved. This reduces torque on the joint, lessening the muscle strength required.
Describe Gluteus Maximus Gait
The trunk shifts posteriorly at heel strike (initial contact) Rocking Horse Gait - because of the extreme backward-forward movement of the trunk.
Describe Gluteus Medius Gait
The individual shifts the trunk over the affected side during stance phase. The body leans over the left (weak hip abductor on left side) during the legs stance phase, and the right side of the pelvis drops when the right leg leaves the ground and begins the swing phase. Referred to as Trendelburg gait.
Describe weak Quadriceps Gait
The individual may lean the body forward over the quadriceps muscles at the early part of stance phase, as weight is being shifted onto the stance leg.
Describe weak Hamstrings Gait
During stance phase, the knee will go into excessive hyperextension, sometimes referred to as genu recurvatum gait. Knee snaps into extension.
Describe dorsiflexor deficiancies
Determines how the individual will compensate. If there is insufficient strength to move the ankle into DF at the beginning of stance phase, the foot will land with a fairly flat foot. If no DF the toes will strike first, which is commonly referred to as equinus gait. They also may not be able to support the body weight after heel strike and will thus move toward flat foot (loading response) as they eccentrically contract. The result is foot slap.
Describe drop foot
When the muscles are unable to DF the ankle, gravity will cause the foot to fall into plantar flexion when it is off the ground. As a result the knee will need to lift higher for the dropped foot to clear the floor and steppage gait will result.
Describe what is a weak triceps surae group
When the gastrocnemius and soleus are weak - unable to rise the heel up at push-off (terminal stance), resulting in a shortened step length on the unaffected side. Referred to as a sore foot limp. Very pronounced when walking up an incline.
What is a waddling gait?
Commonly seen in muscular and other types of dystrophies, because there is diffuse weakness of many muscle groups. Increased lumbar lordosis, pelvic instability and trendelenburg gait. Little or no reciprocal pelvis and trunk rotation occur. Entire body swings.
Describe hip flexion contracture?
The hip is unable to go into hip extension and hyperextension during the midstance and push-off phases (terminal stance). To compensate the person will commonly assume the salutation of greeting position in which the hip is flexed and the persons trunk leans forward as if bowing.
What is caused by a fused hip?
Increased motion of the lumbar spine and pelvis can greatly compensate for hip motion. Decreased lordosis and anterior pelvic tilt will allow the leg to swing forward whereas an increased lordosis and anterior pelvic tilt will swing the leg posteriorly. This is sometimes referred to as bell-clapper gait.
What will a knee flexion contracture cause?
Excessive dorsiflexion during midstance and an early heel rise during push-off (terminal stance).
What happens when you have knee fusion? Vaulting Gait.
The lower leg will be at a fixed length. That length will depend on the position of the joint. If the knee is in extension, the leg will be unable to shorten during swing phase. The person will compensate by rising up on the toes of the uninvolved leg in a vaulting gait. They will hike the hip of the involved side, swing the leg out to the side or do some variation of all three methods.
What is circumducted gait?
The leg begins near the midline at push-off (terminal stance), swings out to the side during swing phase, then returns to the midline for heel strike.
What is an abducted gait?
If the leg remains in the abucted state throughout the gait cycle.
What is steppage gait?
When the toes land first during heel strike (initial contact)
What are some issues with ankle fusion?
Called triple arthrodesis - because fusion of the subtalor joint and the two articulations making up the transtarsal joint. Results in loss of ankle pronation and supination. PF and DF remain but are limited. Stride length is shortened. Difficulty walking on uneven ground, because the ability to supinate or pronate is lost.
What tends to put the foot in a varus position?
What tends to put the foot in a valgus position?
What is hemiplegic gait?
Common in CVA patients - ankle is varus. Hip goes into extension, adduction and medial rotation. Knee is in extension, though often unstable. The ankle demonstrates a drop foot with ankle plantar flexion and inversion (equinovarus) which is present during swing and stance phases. No reciprical arm swing - upper extremity in flexion synergy.
What is ataxic gait?
Result of cerebellar involvement - lack of coordination leads to jerky uneven movements. Balance tends to be poor, and the person walks with a wide base of support (abducted gait). Person has difficulty walking in a straight line and tends to stagger. Reciprocal arm motion also appears to be jerky and uneven. All movements appear exaggerated.
What is a Parkinsons gait?
One has tremors, demonstrates diminished movement. LE and trunk tend to be flexed. The elbows partially flexed and there is little or no reciprical arm swing. Stride length is diminished and the forward heel does not swing beyond the rear foot. Person walks with a shuffling gait, with the feet flat and weight mostly forward on the toes. Difficulty initiating movements. Starts slowly and increases in speed. Has difficulty stopping. Feet trying to catch up with the forward leaning trunk. Called Fentinating Gait.
What is scissors gait?
Result of spacticity in the hip adductors. Most evident during the swing phase, when the unsupported leg swings against or across the stance leg. Walking base is narrowed. Trunk may lean over the stance leg as the swing phase leg attempts to swing past it.
What is the crouch gait?
Bilateral lower extremity involvement seen in the spastic diplegia associated with cerebral palsy. Often great variation in the gait from what is considered "typical." There is excessive flexion, adduction, and medial rotation at the hips and flexion at the knees. Ankles are plantar flexed. Pelvis maintains and anterior pelvic tilt, and there is an increased lumbar lordosis. To compensate, the reciprocal arm swing and horizontal displacement are exaggerated.
What is a common effect when someone has pain? Antalgic Gait.
Lessen the stance phase. If it hurts, don't stand on it. Gait is referred to as Antalgic Gait. Lean over painful area - to shorten torque and lessen weight.
What can be done with leg length discrepancies?
Heel lifts can be inserted for up to 3 inches of variance. Person walks on the ball of the shorter leg. Called Equinus gait. Loss of heel strike (initial contact) and foot flat (loading response). May flex knee on longer side.
Compare and contrast walking and running.
Both have the same components and sequence of events. Walking has a period of double support while running does not. Running has a period of nonsupport that walking does not have.
What are the main differences between traditional terminology and Rancho Los Amigos?
Traditional terminology refers to single points in a time frame, whereas RLA terminology refers to periods within a time frame.
What is the phase used for the period occurs between heel strike and toe-off?
What is the time period called when both feet are in contact with the ground? What part of stance phase is each foot in during this period?
Double support - between heel-off and toe-off of one foot and heel strike and foot flat on the opposite foot.
At what period of stance phase is a person's overall vertical height the greatest?
During mid-stance of the stance phase.
During which phase is the person's foot not in contact with the ground?
What will happen to the step length and cadence when a person increases his or her walking speed?
Step length lengthens and cadence increases.
If unsteady, how does a person tend to adjust his or her walking?
Walk with feet farther apart to widen their base of support.
If "foot drop" is present, which parts of the swing and stance phases of the person's gait will be altered?
Heel strike of stance phase and midswing of swing phase.
If a person has an unrepaired ruptured Achilles-tendon, which phase of the gait will be altered?
Push-off stance phase (toe-off)
How do you describe walking?
Controlled falling - and catching in a controlled manner.
What do you name the step length after?
The swinging leg
What is stride length?
What is stride width?
Perpendicular (to line of progression)The distance between the right HS and the next left HS.
The speed of gait. 120 steps/min = 60 strides/min.
What is the relationship between cadence and stride length.
When cadence decreases - stride length increases. Little quick steps.
What is the progression of stance to swing phase?
10% double support -> 40% single support -> 10% double support -> 40% swing phase. - looking at one foot here!
Identify the sequence and phase of the gait cycle starting with heel strike and ending with deceleration.
1st - Heel Strike (The instant the heel touches the ground to begin stance phase)