This study was to examine the effect of leaning-forward posture (LFP) on gait parameters while using a rolling walker (RW). A cross-sectional study was conducted in which 23 older female adults were asked to walk with a RW on the GaitRite walkway in two posture situations: upright posture, and LFP caused by pushing the RW forward and then following the RW. The temporal and spatial gait parameters were obtained for data analysis. Results showed that compared with the upright posture, participants with LFP demonstrated significantly increased cadence, decreased velocity and gait cycle time (both swing and stance time decreased). Of spatial parameters, both step and stride length significantly decreased, but the base of support increased significantly. These indicate that LFP during ambulation with a RW could lead participants to a shuffling-like (many steps on short distance) gait pattern. They may help clinicians find proper rehabilitation interventions and appropriate patient education for this specific postural presentation.
- Ambulatory device
- Older adults