One of the biggest hurdles when we try to learn to walk properly is – the affected ankle rolls in as it attempts to take a step forward. Before, we simply call this as foot inversion or inverted foot. Took us more than a year to learn foot inversion problem is medically referred as acquired spastic equinus foot deformity.
Why the ankle turns in (foot inversion)?
What we’ve learned so far. Brain to muscles relayed signals are messed up. The foot stubbornly inverts in.causing involuntary muscle contractions. and spasticity. Continuously tight in the calf and achilles tendon. Ankle dorsiflexion and foot eversion seems impossible.
This spastic equinus foot problem is a big headache.
Makes Walking terribly difficult, unstable and inconsistent.
On the affected leg (lower extremity) – Clawed toes, knee hyperextension, excessive hip external rotation, hip hiking (pelvic obliquity). All these leg problems start kicking into one big spastic gait pattern/ synergy
On the non-affected leg – Tend to depend and shift heavily to this side (good foot struggling to balance when affected side tries to swing forward). hip tends to swing inward to facilitate the affected leg to move forward, slouched back and always looking at the ground (fear of ankle rolling).
Overtime, like many stroke survivors learning to walk properly for physical freedom.. we’re afraid this forced walking habit becomes the new norm. Afraid because this walking pattern fatigue us out easily, both physically and mentally. We don’t feel safe walking like this. Is unstable and there’s always fear of falling. Afraid this will cause more future leg problem.