Definition: Gait refers to the manner in which you walk. Gait abnormalities are typically associated with a physical disease, condition, or deformity. Arthritis is among the conditions that can cause an abnormal gait. Joint pain, limited range-of-motion of a joint, or joint deformity associated with arthritis can cause an abnormal gait.
With arthritis, people begin to take smaller steps, limp, or alter their gait to compensate for painful or damaged joints -- especially when weight-bearing joints are involved. Examples include:
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Examples: People with arthritis of the lower extremities can have an abnormal gait.
Walking Abnormalities. A.D.A.M. 3/5/2007.