What causes Trendelenburg Gait?
The term “trendelenburg” means “to turn around.” It refers to the fact that most people walk with their feet turned outwards (or outwardly) from their hips, rather than forward from their hips. This is because it was once believed that walking upright would improve health and strength. However, research shows that this isn’t true at all. Walking with your feet turned outwards actually causes more damage to joints and muscles than walking with them turned inwards.
In fact, there are several studies which show that turning one’s feet inward makes the knees and ankles weaker. This is why many runners have problems maintaining balance while they’re running. Turning one’s feet inward also increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee joint and other types of arthritis later in life.
So what does this mean for you?
If you want to maintain good posture and prevent injury, then you need to keep your feet turned outwards. You could try some simple exercises like these:
Tilt your head back slightly when standing up straighten your legs slightly bend down and touch the floor when sitting down tilt your head forward slightly when bending over slowly raise both legs up until they’re parallel to the ground gradually lower yourself down again
These are just a few examples of how you can keep your body aligned properly.
It’s very important for people with scoliosis to make sure their feet are straight when standing up, especially if they’re engaging in physical activity. If your feet are turned outwards then this could place extra stress on the spine and cause back pain as well as other injuries. If you notice yourself starting to walk with your feet turned outwards, then immediately correct it. You can do this by placing tape down on the ground and focusing on keeping your feet in line with the tape.
If you do this long enough it should eventually become a habit.
You should also try to avoid suddenly twisting or turning your body in any direction. This may seem difficult at first, but it’s very important that you do it. If you experience any twisting or rotation sensations then you should see a doctor immediately.
Move slowly when engaging in physical activity. While it may be tempting to run or engage in other types of fast movement, slow and steady wins the race. If you’re lifting something heavy then take your time. Move slowly and carefully when getting into and out of cars as well.
These are just a few suggestions that you can try. It’s important that you check with your doctor before engaging in any physical activity, especially if you have scoliosis. There are several types of exercises that can improve your strength and overall stability without placing unnecessary stress on the spine. Your doctor will be able to tell you more if they think it’s safe for you to participate in physical activity.
How is it managed?
Now that you know what causes Trendelenburg gait, you’re probably wondering how to manage it. As previously mentioned, you can do simple exercises to strengthen your muscles and help improve your balance. Your doctor may also prescribe medication to help you feel less pain or control any other conditions that you might have.
It’s also very important that you not carry anything heavy. Be wary of carrying your backpack on only one side of your body as this could easily throw you off balance. Do not wear high heeled shoes as your feet are no longer aligned properly to handle the pressure. Be aware of anything that may cause you to twist or turn so you can prevent it.
If your posture is poor then this could also cause you to twist suddenly, so be sure to always sit up straight and keep your feet facing forward when you’re not moving.
All of these things will help support your body weight and make it easier for you to walk and stand for long periods of time without experiencing any pain. Your doctor can provide more information on how to manage your condition if needed.