Therefore, this kind of "cautious gait
mode" may be a coping strategy shared across various sensory input errors.
"Cautious gait" is typically marked by mild to moderate slowing reduced stride length and mild widening of the base of support (Nutt et al., 1993).
Anxiety-related factors and the fear of falling are major contributors to a cautious gait. Some authors also state that a reduction of the walking speed increases the possibility for conscious gait control (Aizen, 2001).
Gilady N, Herman T, Reider G II, Gurevich T, Hausdorff JM, 2005, Clinical characteristics of elderly patients with a cautious gait of unknown origin.
It is also possible that the decrease in walking speed during backward walking observed in persons with MS might be attributed to a more cautious gait
based on a compensatory mechanism to minimize the risk of falling .
Gait disorders are classified as one of 7 types: peripheral sensory, peripheral motor, spasticity (hemiplegia, paraplegia), Parkinsonism, cerebellar palsy, cautious gait, and frontal-related gait .
A total of 3 articles discuss the cautious gait disorder.
A cautious gait
is a nonspecific finding in diverse conditions including arthritis and peripheral sensory and motor abnormalities.
An alternative explanation for the reduction of walking speed in PPV patients can be extracted from the concept of "cautious gait
", an established term in the field of geriatric gait research (Gilady, 2005).