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Treadmill System

  • Have the patient walk at a slow speed.
  • Observe the parameters of the gait cycle in real time.
  • Make left and right comparisons of contact time, flight time, swing, etc.
  • As you increase your patient’s speed, note if asymmetries are improving or worsening.
  • When maximum efficiency is realized, record asymmetries and the treadmill’s speed.
  • This efficient ‘rhythm of gait’ is a good starting point for clinical intervention.
  • Footwear, orthotics, conditioning exercises, etc. may be employed to enhance patient symmetry.

See also Gait Rhythm