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 7. Spastic paresis (scissoring)
• Broad-based gait with the feet apparently "sticking to the floor" suggests frontal lobe dysfunction or low-pressure hydrocephalus.

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Figure 8. Gait associated with frontal-lobe dysfunction or low-pressure hydrocephalus
• Feet slapping the floor indicate dorsal-column conditions.

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Figure 9. Gait associated with dorsal-column conditions
• Irregularly irregular steps can indicate cerebellar disease.

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