Gait Training - Push-Off

Professional Rationale
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.

Client Rationale
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.

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