dorsiflexor gait

dorsiflexor gait

an abnormal gait caused by the weakness of the dorsiflexors of the ankle, characterized by footdrop during the entire gait cycle and excessive knee and hip flexion to allow clearance of the involved extremity during the swing phase. The sole of the affected foot also slaps forcibly against the ground at the moment of heel strike because of the inability of the dorsiflexor to decelerate the body weight as the heel strikes the ground. Compare Trendelenburg gait.