The Myopathic Gait:
This gait abnormality is sometimes referred to as a waddling gait. The waddle or shift is secondary to proximal pelvic musculature weaknesses. The client may utilize a limb circumduction strategy to compensate for the weakness in the gluteals or as seen better here displaying an exaggerated alternation of lateral trunk movements with an exaggerated elevation of the hip. There are some distinct similarities to the Trendelenburg gait pattern. There are several causes of this gait variant, some of which are temporary and some of which are orthopedic and some neurodegenerative. For example: pregnancy, hip dysplasia, muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.
Ivo Waerlop A potential riff in the article (Via Stu Currie):
1) Primates only have a transverse arch – they are flat in the longitudinal direction.
2) In primates the metatarsal bases are on the same plane as the metatarsal heads.
3) The length of the phalanges is 18% of total foot length in humans, and 35% in chimps.
4) Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy) has the beginning features of a longitudinal arch, while retaining many characteristics of the ape foot. The same can be said for other hominid ancestors (H. Habilus)See MoreJanuary 20 at 7:51am ·
Ivo Waerlop We have always said that orthotics serve as a therapy, not a solution. Your prescription should be getting better (lessening) or more correction taken out with time, not becoming greater. They are an excellent tool, but not a substitue for good mechanics.
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