Around half of people with Parkinson's disease suffer from something known as freezing of gait
, or FoG for short.
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Irish scientists have developed a device worn around the waist, which is designed to prevent or relieve the freezing of gait
Freezing of gait
(FOG) sounds like something from a nightmare: You want to move but your feet feel glued to the floor, and no amount of will or strength can move them.
Gait disorders in parkinsonism (hypokinetic-hypertonic syndrome) are short-stepped gait (marche a petit pas), retro- or ante-pulsion, which is forced stepping to falling down backwards or forwards in natural gait or to external mechanical stimuli, and freezing of gait
The system is now being used by researchers to monitor and detect freezing of gait
(FOG) in Parkinson's patients.
Approximately half of the patients with advanced stages of PD experience freezing of gait
(FOG; ), a symptom where walking is interrupted by a brief, episodic absence, or marked reduction, of forward progression despite the intention to continue walking .
Freezing of gait
(FoG) is a movement abnormality that presents in more advanced stages of the disease and is one of the most debilitating symptoms of PD.
Other frequent features include propulsion or retropulsion, festination, freezing of gait
(FoG), and hesitancy of gait which may confer a "magnetic" character.
It is no wonder that freezing of gait
and increased risk of falling  is associated with abnormal bilateral coordination and turning.
Another study evaluated the correlation between virtual reality-induced anxiety and freezing of gait
and concluded that anxiety had a strong influence on freezing of gait
(19), thus strengthening the role of the limbic system in the motor symptoms of PD (19,20).