Published: Nov. 11, 2010
Updated: Nov. 11, 2010
Walking abnormalities are unusual and uncontrollable walk (or gait) patterns, commonly caused by disease or injury.
Walking abnormalities may be caused by disease of injury to the legs, feet, brain, spine, or inner ear. Common causes include, but are not limited to:
Characteristics of walking abnormalities vary by specific condition. Common gait abnormalities include:
If you have any symptoms of uncontrollable or unexplained walking abnormalities, call your doctor.
Your doctor will conduct a physical examination and review your personal and family medical history. Your doctor will focus on the quality and timing of your symptoms -- when they began and if they progressed.
The physical exam may also include a neurological examination. Diagnostic tests may also help diagnose the condition if diagnosis can not be formed by observation and medical history review alone.
Treatment of the condition's cause may help improve the gait. If the condition is caused by injury or trauma, for example, gait will be improved when the injury heals.
For conditions caused by a psychological disorder, psychiatric counseling and positive support from friends and family members is strongly recommended.
Depending on the condition and its cause, treatments may include one or a combination of the following: