Gait ischemia? Blood flow affecting performance.

Research evidence that gait is altered in ischemia (inadequate blood supply) environments.

Know someone with diabetes, peripheral artery disease or spinal stenosis (especially the vascular variety) ?

This study’s findings indicate increased “noise” and irregularity of gait variability patterns post-ischemia. In young healthy individuals who do not have neuromuscular impairments, significant gait alterations are present during walking after a period of interruption of blood flow. This could be from something as simple as muscular compression, or something more serious.     

We just wanted to wet  your appetite for some stuff like this coming your way, from us, The Gait Guys.  If this does not make you think about compressive socks and stockings, you need a second cup of coffee this morning !

Shawn and Ivo


Gait variability patterns are altered in healthy young individuals during the acute reperfusion phase of ischemia-reperfusion.

J Surg Res. 2010 Nov;164(1):6-12. Epub 2010 May 18. Myers SA, Stergiou N, Pipinos II, Johanning JM.


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