Assessment of the Geriatric Patient: Gait and Balance

Mark E. Williams, MD; Angela Gentili, MD

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November 16, 2009

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Gait Observations and Clinical Pearls (Continued)

Figure 4. Foot drop
• Walking as if on hot coals implies dysesthesia of the feet.

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Figure 5. Gait associated with hemiparesis
• Dragging a leg around in a semi-circle suggests spastic hemiparesis.

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Figure 6. Paraparesis
• Short steps that do not leave the floor and both legs scissoring implies spastic paraparesis.

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