Use of gait patterns to reveal possible disorders in the geriatric patient

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  • 1 California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco 94115, USA.
  • | 2 California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco 94115, USA.
  • | 3 California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco 94115, USA.
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Changes in gait occur frequently with advancing age and are often associated with falls, loss of independence, morbidity, and even mortality. Gait changes may occur as part of the natural process of aging or may be associated with underlying pathology. Careful observation of gait can provide insight into the patient's overall state of health. This article discusses the various types of gait changes that can occur with aging and the significance of these gait abnormalities.