Gait training is necessary to help a patient gain proficient ambulation within and outside the home and is necessary when there is an orthopaedic impairment.
Conditions requiring gait training include the following:
- pain that causes distortion of the normal gait
- joint stiffness
- muscle weakness
- limb deformity
- loss of sensory input
Treatment involves strengthening, balance training, proprioceptive
exercises, education in normal mechanics and the use of assistive
devices, and mobilizing if necessary for the impairment.