Treatment of Gait Disorders in Older Adults

Treatment of Gait Disorders in Older Adults

January 16, 2024

In the journey of aging, maintaining a steady and balanced gait becomes increasingly vital for overall well-being and independence. Activities like walking and resistance training can enhance overall gait in individuals with arthritis. Nordic walking, with the aid of adjustable-length walking poles, engages the entire body and promotes better posture. This exercise involves the shoulder and arm muscles, as well as helping increase pelvic rotation, step length, and walking speed. It is a good idea to have an aid with you when starting out, ensuring the safe and effective use of walking sticks. Balance is fundamental to a stable gait. Performing balancing exercises while standing still is a safe way to begin. Then gradually introduce more dynamic balance exercises, such as simple tai chi movements or slow dance movements. Canes are particularly useful for those with arthritis or peripheral neuropathy. They offer support and transmit information about the walking surface that helps to avoid falls. Walkers, with their stability and varied designs, address factors like joint pain, balance issues, and walking efficiency. For more information on gait issues, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a gait analysis and recommended treatment.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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