Gait Training - Push-Off
Once the patient is able to weightbear fully, this is an excellent exercise to help engage heel raise and push-off. The exaggerated gait forces the patient to compensate less.
This is an exercise that helps teach your body to walk without a limp. Having and injury and/or being immobilized in a cast or boot causes your foot to stiffen up and you can lose the normal function and range of motion in the foot. This helps to functionally regain normal walking.
- Step back with your step through foot.
- Start with both feet flat.
- Step through with one foot, raising the heel of the opposite foot.
- Exaggerate the heel raise and the break at the toes.
- Do not 'pick up' the foot.