Even More About My Gait

If you had a stroke, buy a treadmill.  Period.  Read this.  And this.  And this.  There are many more studies.  Get a treadmill.  I’m on my treadmill at least 4 times a week.  I hate not being able to do it.  When I first started walking around, it felt weird when I would advance my foot on the right side(that’s therapist speak for taking a step).  It felt different from my left foot.  I really noticed it going up stairs.  Every time I climbed a step, my right toes would hit the step.  That doesn’t happen anymore.  I wouldn’t say that everything feels the same now but close to it.

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3 replies

  1. Not so fast.I tried a treadmill but I ended up with a bad gait pattern.It is because after the stroke I was left with tight muscles.Whenever I tried to walk I’d do it over and over with a wrong gait pattern , known as the stroke walk and it is remembered by the spinal cord (which stores the gait memory).To fix the gait, I had it corrected by well-trained PTs who reprogrammed my spinal cord to restore the right gait pattern.5 PTs are needed to retrain the hips, legs, foot and knees.Locomotor training is both an art and science.I’m afraid to say a strokee may not do it properly w/o a large mirror in front for some gait feedback.

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