Ataxic Gait

The Ataxic Gait of someone with the disorder is one of the most prominent symptoms of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy.  It is defined as an unsteady, uncoordinated walk, employing a wide base with the feet thrown out.  It is also defined as an unsteady, staggering, or irregular gait.  A gait is another word for the manner in which a person walks.

Studies done on those with Ataxic Gait showed that they took steps with less frequency and had a prolonged stance as well as double limb support duration.  All step measurements varied greatly in those with an ataxic gait.  Most notably, balance related gait variables such as step width and foot rotation angles were increased, indicating the need for patients to stabilize during locomotion.