Sensory Ataxic Gait

Sensory Ataxic Gait:

Due to a lack of proprioceptive orientation and sensory input (deafferentation). Wide base of gait with legs being ‘flung’ abruptly forward and outward with audible stamping of feet on ground (‘stomping gait’). Legs are usually lifted higher than usual and base of gait is usually wider. Fall or walk awkwardly without visual aid (Romberg’s sign). Assumed that stomping the feet can increase sensory feedback.

Eg diabetic sensory neuropathy; multiple sclerosis

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