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Posture, Gait and Balance

Posture, walking (gait) and balance changes are symptoms which people with Parkinson’s may experience in combination or in isolation from one another. Reduced balance is associated with instability, spatial uncertainty and falls. Poor posture, ‘stoop’ or leaning can impact both balance and walking.

Below are common walking changes reported by people with Parkinson’s who have experienced gait issues:

  • Difficulty starting and stopping
  • Difficulty turning
  • Festination (quickening and shortening of normal strides)
  • Freezing/getting stuck
  • Irregular/uneven walking
  • Leg dragging
  • Reduced arm swing
  • Shuffling
  • Staggering
  • Tendency to run
  • Toe walking