This chapter has several videos of patients using lower limb orthoses. Use these videos to practice observational gait analysis and answer questions associated with each patient
This patient has a Right foot drop due to neuropathy, following COVID-19 infection. He is using an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) to walk. The following video shows the patient walking with the AFO.
Are there any deviations on the Right limb? How does the Left ankle movement compare to the movement of the Right ankle (with AFO)
HINT: Use the gait assessment form to identify gait deviations.
This patient was prescribed orthopedic shoes due to severe rheumatoid arthritis and associated joint deformities. The following video shows the patient's gait pattern with and without the shoes.
Compare the patient's gait with and without orthopedic shoes. Should the patient continue using these shoes or would you recommend another intervention for her?
HINT: Use the gait assessment form to identify gait deviations and the gait comparison form to determine the efficacy of shoes.
This patient sustained a non-traumatic brain injury, which has affected his gait pattern. He is using carbon fiber ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) bilaterally. The following videos shows the patient's gait with both AFOs
Is there a difference in knee and ankle motion between the Right and Left sides? Would you recommend any changes to the existing AFOs?
HINT: Use the gait assessment form twice to identify gait deviations on the Right and Left sides. Then compare the two forms to identify differences.