Gait Analysis of Normal and Rheumatoid Arthritis Studies
Skutt, Victoria M. (Vicki)
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The activity of walking is so familiar that one seldom realizes the complexity involved in taking just one step. The stride analyzer is one component of a gait lab that describes the foot's activity in the walking sequence. The system quantifies many gait parameters and records foot-floor contact patterns. Physical Therapists use this system to evaluate patients' gait problems and to record improvement after treatment, shoes, or orthopedics. One population seen frequently in the department is women who suffer from gait abnormalities due to rheumatoid arthritis involvement in their feet. Prompted by articles which describe rheumatic gait to be abnormal with prolonged heel contact, this study began in attempts to contrast the gait patterns of women with rheumatoid arthritis to the gait patterns of normal women. Comparisons are made in walking velocity, cadence, stride length, and foot-floor contact times.