Have you ever asked yourself this simple question: why do we measure and analyze gait? Overall, the answers will revolve around the same ideas: to gauge the functional status of a person; to follow-up the natural history of a disease; to determine immediate or long-term treatment requirement and effects.
By Arnaud Gouelle, PhD, and Patrick Roscher, MS
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OF GAIT ANALYSES AND ELEPHANTS
While researching the history of gait analysis to prepare for this issue, the parable of the blind men and the elephant kept coming to mind. The ancient story is of a group of blind men who have never seen an elephant. On encountering a live elephant, they each touch a different part of the large mammal and come away thinking they know what it is. They then describe the elephant based on their own experience and find all their descriptions differ. The moral of the story points to the tendency of humans to claim they know things based solely on their own experience, not recognizing that others may have completely different experiences. Could this be the case with gait analysis and the various subspecialties who treat the lower extremity? Is gait analysis being used to its fullest extent?
With this issue, LER is pleased to open an ongoing partnership with the Gait and Balance Academy to provide an in-depth look at all things gait analysis. The introduction to this partnership, “How Do We Use Gait Analysis to Measure Walking Consistency,” is written by Arnaud Gouelle, PhD, and Patrick Roscher, MS, from ProtoKinetics; the article begins on page 27. We look forward to your feedback.
But first, to broaden the narrative, a sampling of perspectives on how gait analysis is used in some specific circumstances.
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