GAIT EXAM: NORMAL EXAM

Station

The patient should be able to stand still with her feet less than shoulder width apart.

Natural Gait

The patient should be able to walk with a smooth, coordinated gait. There should be normal associated movement of the upper extremities.

Heel and Toe Walking

A good way to test balance as well as strength of the distal lower extremities is to have the patient heel and toe walk.

Tandem Gait

Have the patient walk heel-to-toe. The patient should be able to balance without falling or stepping to the side.

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