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What is an abductory twist during gait?

The way that we all walk is very unique and hardly any one does it the same way. There are so many unique major as well as slight minor variants in our gaits or walking techniques. These variations might help to identify people on CCTV video clips as part of forensic investigations as well as being valuable signs in gait studies to analyze clinical disorders. There are now industry experts in the investigation of gait for the forensic identification. As well as that there are now some very advanced equipment and methods for the clinical gait analysis. Both forensic and clinical gait analyses concentrate on just what causes us to be unique in the way that we walk and to quantify those variations.

One of these variants is what is termed an abductory twist. This is commonly seen in clinical gait analyses because it can have implications for the management of biomechanical issues. When we walk, as the heel comes of the floor, the heel normally comes up vertically. However, in a some people just as the rearfoot comes of the ground there could be a rapid motion of the rearfoot medially or towards the other foot. Often it is only apparent to those that are experienced with looking for it or on a video clip if the video is slowed down. There are several possible causes of this. One is overpronation of the foot, which is a rolling of the ankle joint inwards and a flattening of the arch of the foot. An additional possible cause is a functional hallux limitus which is a issue with the big toe joint not working correctly. There is certainly some discussion if this is indeed a clinical issue or not. This is because many consider this as a symptom of the issue rather than a real issue. They believe that therapy should be aimed towards the reason why as opposed to  the abductory twist. The presence or absence of an abductory twist would certainly even be part of the forensic analysis.