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Step = The advancement of a single foot

Stride = The advancement of both feet (one step by each side of your body.)

Step length = longitudinal distance between 2 feet

Stride length = distance covered during 1 cycle = 2 step lengths

Velocity = stride length/cycle time (m/s)

Cadence = steps /minute

Double support = both feet on ground

Float phase = neither foot is on the ground


Gait has been divided into eight descriptive stages for the purpose of assessment, this is obviously an artificial division as these are all points within a moving continuum, however it is a useful way of providing reference points for comparisons to be made

Normal Gait

Cycle begins when foot strikes the ground and ends when it strikes the ground again

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