Importance of Gait

Why do patients need to understand the importance of gait in regards to the human body? This may seem like a simple question but difficult to answer if you have an underlying medical condition not yet diagnosed by a doctor. Sometime a patient may experience a deviation of the normal gait pattern more commonly known as a limp. The initial contact of the heel is where the gait pattern begins and continues through the shifting of weight from the foot to the toes, where the weight is further transferred to the opposite leg in efforts to move the other leg forward to take a step. Thus, a limp can occur with the inability to establish full weight bearing on one leg caused by pain symptoms or structural problems of foot, ankle, and hips or back.

Pain may be an obvious indicator of a problem or injury. By limping, your body modifies its movement or weight bearing in response to your pain or structural problems. A gait standard has not been established because no two people share the same walking pattern. Doctors merely rely more on personal observation to determine if the patient has an irregular gait pattern. Rare medical conditions pose significant challenges when multiple doctors are trying to pinpoint the cause of the pain and share difference of opinions. Patients may have multiple surgeries before finding the right specialist to identify and diagnose the cause.

People sustain injuries from accidents every day, which can leave one leg being shorter than the other. Often a wedge is inserted into a shoe to compensate for the leg length. In some cases, both legs can be the same length but the person walks with a limp caused by an underlying medical condition.

Gait is not about being able to put one foot in front of the other, but merely a variety of systems and body parts that can exert force and move collectively in harmony. In rare cases, a bacterial infection in the leg or foot can be indicative of a neurological problem like nerve damage, neuromuscular disease, an injury of the spine or brain tumor. If you have a limp that continues after five days, then you should seek immediate medical attention. Ignoring the limp is the worst thing a patient can do if they have a serious underlying medical condition.

Questions and Answers

How long has Private John Doe been dealing with his pain?

Private John Doe started having pain in 2007. His pain came on gradually and got worst over time.

How did Private John Doe respond after being denied his veteran benefits?

Like any other veteran, he is frustrated and does not fully understand the reason for his denial based on all the medical records to date.

How did Private John Doe find reputable doctors?

Research and word of mouth are recommended resources for finding reputable doctors. Often doctors are prohibited from referring patients outside of their own network so you will need to do your homework to find a skilled doctor that can help you. Registered nurses offer excellent recommendations for patients and patients of the physicians are another good referral source. Today we have the internet so other patients with similar symptoms can ask questions and compare results.

Has Private John Doe ever had reputable doctors that did not share the same opinion?

Absolutely because the medical field is highly competitive and choosing the right doctor means selecting a skilled physician that has the patient’s best interest at heart.

National Joint Replacement Registry

Adverse Effects

Countries like Sweden and New Zealand have stellar national registries that track most joint replacement surgeries performed in their countries. Such registries prevent faulty devices from entering their quality control system and helps minimize revision surgeries. Unfortunately, the lack of a National data registry in the United States has resulted in the rampant use of defective artificial joints. Some registries do exist like the American Joint Replacement Registry and the Kaiser Permanente National Total Joint Replacement Registry. Such registries lack a uniform system to collect, share, or require hospital participation in these registries. Currently patients face a greater risk of revision surgery without a quality control system in place.
Recent joint implant recalls in the United States have caused panic among patients. Some of these faulty devices are known to be fatal among patients that require a revision surgery. The absence of a nationalized registry has resulted in some patients learning of faulty implants from their attorneys instead of their doctors. Most patients experience excruciating pain and have difficulty finding the right doctor to make the proper diagnosis. The ‘National Hip and Knee Replacement Registry Act of 2009” was introduced in the House of Representatives, but failed to pass legislation.

National Joint Replacement Petition

National Joint Replacement Petition

Caring Hearts USA has generated a petition for Congress to introduce a bill to create a ‘National Joint Replacement Registry’ and pass legislation. Private John Doe has already had nine costly surgeries. He faces having another major surgery but cannot afford the costs.
A revision surgery is needed because the stem of the implant is loosening and extremely painful for our veteran. We must rid the system of faulty devices that put patient lives at risk. Taking the necessary action now can help spare other families from suffering the pain and hardship.
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