While many studies use gait symmetry as a marker of healthy gait, the evidence that gait symmetry exists is limited. Because gait symmetry is thought to arise through laterality (i.e., limb preference) and affects gait retraining efforts, it is important to understand if symmetry exists during gait in older adults. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate foot and gait symmetry in the population-based Framingham Foot Study as well as to determine the effects of vertical force symmetry on physical performance measures.
- foot symmetry
- gait symmetry
- older adults
Riskowski, J. L., Hagedorn, T. J., Dufour, A. B., & Hannan, M. T. (2012). Functional foot symmetry and its relation to lower extremity physical performance in older adults: the Framingham Foot Study. Journal of Biomechanics, 45(10), 1796-1802. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2012.04.019