Typical gaits and foot exercises.

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Typical gaits and foot exercises. Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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This short film looks at the typical gaits of people with upper and lower neurone diseases and with flat feet. Therapeutic exercises are suggested to correct the problem. 2 segments.


UK, 1931.

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1 encoded moving image (7.56 min.) : silent, black and white



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Copyright previously held by British Medical Association and assigned to Wellcome in 2005

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Segment 1 Gaits affected by upper and lower neurone diseases as well as flat foot types are shown. They include: right hemiplegia - illustrated by a young boy walking along a line on a lawn showing an abnormal gait with one heel raised; athetosis - illustrated by an older boy with an abnormal gait as a result of athetoid cerebral palsy; diplegia - illustrated by a boy showing neuromuscular hypertonia primarily in the muscles of the legs, hips and pelvis; infantile paralysis - we see a boy being tested for adequacy of quadriceps; infantile paralysis - illustrated by a girl with weak glutei; flat foot types - illustrated by a baby with infantile Pes Valgus and a toddler walking with flat feet, a boy with valgus secondary to tight tendo achillis, a boy with static valgus affecting one knee and ankle and an adult with rigid flat abducted feet. Time start:00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:04:08:00 Length: 00:04:08:00
Segment 2 The lower neurone condition of foot drop (or drop foot) and the therapeutic exercises used to treat it are shown. We see an adult female with an abnormal gait walking towards the camera. She has foot drop due to pressure up on the intra-pelvic part of the perineal nerve by the fetal head during pregnancy. Exercises for this condition are shown and include the toes being tensed and relaxed, up to 10-30 times according to the patient's capacity. Adequate periods fo rest must be given between each exercise. There are more shots of the woman exercising her foot and then demonstrating a better gait after treatment in flat-foot class. The woman walks away from the camera with normal gait. Time start: 00:04:08:00 Time end: 00:07:55:09 Length: 00:03:47:09

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