Gait Observation/ Deviations

Ask the patient to walk 50 feet in the hall, turn rapidly, and walk back without touching the walls. Observe for initiation of movement, stride length, arm swing, missteps and veering, and signs of muscle weakness or skeletal abnormality (kyphoscoliosis, limb asymmetry, limp).

Fukuda Step Test - march in place for 1 minute with arms extended and eyes closed
(+) Test: rotate >45 degrees or forward progression >30 inches – peripheral dysfunction

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