Walking Abnormalities

Also known as: gait abnormalities

What are walking abnormalities?

A variety of different medical conditions can lead to walking (gait) abnormalities. The consistent factor is difficulty with walking, which typically includes a pattern of walking that is unusual or that the person cannot control. Many diseases or injuries can lead to abnormalities in how your child walks.

What causes walking abnormalities?

Typically, gait abnormalities are related to another medical condition such as:
  • Arthritis
  • Foot problems
  • Fractures
  • Neurologic conditions
Infections of injuries to the legs can also cause problems walking.

What are the symptoms of walking abnormalities?

Along with an unusual or uncontrollable method of walking, people with gait abnormalities may also have pain in the legs or a limited range of motion of the legs.

What are walking abnormalities care options?

In some cases, treating the underlying condition can help with gait abnormalities. Physical therapy can also help people with walking abnormalities learn to make the best use of their legs. Special assistive devices like braces, walkers, crutches and canes can also help. In certain cases, surgery might be the best solution for walking abnormalities.

Reviewed by: Scott J Schoenleber, MD

This page was last updated on: January 03, 2022 04:18 PM