• Our Gait is our Fate

    on Oct 6th, 2017

People use their feet to walk every single day. It is the most popular mode of modern transportation. How is that? It is the only one we use every day inside our homes, at our workplace, and everywhere in-between. Walking gets us from one place to another in a relatively short period of time. Without the ability to walk we would be bedridden and stuck inside for most of our days. We walk from about one-year old and continue to do so for many decades to come. The way we walk is very important to our overall health as well as the health of our feet and our ankles. The way we walk can be broken down into two main components and have lasting effects on us.

First, it is important to know that podiatrists refer to the way we walk as our gait. Our gait can vary from person to person but typically it appears to be about the same. Different people have a different style and cadence but everyone’s gait is made up of two parts; the stance and the swing.

Stance is when our feet are on the ground. First, the heel strikes the ground. Then it begins to rotate and goes forward through the air so that the forefoot and toes hit the ground. This action provides balance and stability for the feet and body as a whole.

Next, you have the swing. The swing is the part of your gait or walk when your foot is no longer touching the ground. It is the moment when the foot swings like a pendulum in the air to move you forward.

Together the swing and strike create out gait. It is typically a repetitive motion that we use over and over until we get to our destination. Sometimes during our gait there are things that through us off and can cause harm to our feet and bodies.

If you are limping, your gait changes drastically. Your bodyweight shifts so that the affected area is not taking the brunt of the force. That means the rest of your body is taking that added force. This can cause pain in the feet, ankles, hips and lower back. Over pronation can also cause these problems and should be treated by a podiatrist right away.

Are you limping when you walk? Does your ankle or foot ache and you aren’t sure why? Contact Dr. Howard M. Kimmel of Buckeye Foot Care located in Brook Park, Willoughby, Cleveland, and Elyria, Ohio. He and his staff will examine, diagnose and treat your pain and ailments in the most professional and accurate manner possible. Call 216-267-0304 or make an appointment online today!

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