This problem with walking is caused by disease or abnormality in:

  • The central nervous system
  • The spinal cord
  • A vestibular disorder
  • Peripheral nerve disease
  • Degenerative muscle disease
  • Neurodegenerative illness
  • Skeletal diseases
  • Foot conditions

Gait abnormality typically results from dysfunction of the nervous and/or musculoskeletal system. Pediatric physiatrists and physical therapists provide evaluations and treatment plans for the management of a gait abnormality. Often referrals to an orthopedist are also recommended to evaluate the underlying bony structures.

Related MWPH Resources