Gait is the scientific term for the way a person walks or runs.

Physical therapists are movement specialists. Therefore, PTs are trained in gait analysis and optimization. Gait is meant to be energy-efficient so that getting around is as quick and easy as possible. Everyone’s gait is different, however some walking patterns are associated with frequent falling and can cause pain or joint degeneration! Toe-walking and shuffling are two examples of atypical gait.

Contact our PTs today if your child is struggling with walking!

Four children walking across a grass field illustrate different stages of the gait cycle including stance phase, swing phase, toe-off, and initial strike.