In a broad sense, gait is defined as a manner of walking. It is a pattern of movement involving balance and the coordination of muscles to propel the body forward in a rhythmic and efficient manner. When studying ambulation, it is important to establish clear, well-defined benchmarks of normal human locomotion, which can serve as a baseline for comparison. However, deviations from normal gait are not uncommon, especially in rehabilitation medicine, and there are accepted classifications for pathological gait. Footcare is an important consideration in gait and overall health, as patients with foot pain, balance issues, or insensate feet modify their gait pattern and even their willingness to walk.
Foot Health and Quality of Life