Gait balance assessment

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Balanced Gait Test is a gait analysis tool. It can be used by therapists to assess the degree of balance of their patients gait. It is especially indicated to analyze the evolution of patients during rehabilitation processes. It is applicable, among other specialities, in Traumatology and Neurology including fall prevention. It is also applicable, free of charge, to those who wish to know the characteristics of their own way of walking.

As gait assessment tool, it can be used to complement other gait evaluation systems as Tinetti test or Dynamic Gait Index.

The test is based on an APP that measures the accelerations produced during the gait movements. Use this link to download it free from Play Store.
The free APP provides useful basic results. You can acquire a subscription (three days of free trial) to obtain access to additional functions and detailed information about the gait .

Note that you will need a belt bag to support the smartphone (see an example here).

How to analyze the gait

Balanced Gait Test

  1. Set the patient facing a rect, plain corridor with room enough for walking a minimun of 20 steps. Although the result may worsen a bit, it is allowed to that the patient to turn and walk the corridor twice.
  2. Using a bag belt, firmly fix the phone with the screen centered and vertical towards the walking direction (see photo).
  3. Explain to the patient that should walk with decision maintaining a comfortable velocity.
  4. Push button ⊕ and then Start to perform a new Test.
  5. Wait three beeps to start walking (review the phone settings of sound if needed).
  6. The Test finishes with a beep that sounds after measuring the programmed number of cycles.

The main screen presents a list of available Tests.

The results of each Test include a linguistic report, a diagram and functions to share them.

Subscribed users can access to more detailed results and additional functions.

Experiment with the tool
Try yourself to find out in which degree your own gait is balanced. Note that, in a first but imprecise approach, you could carry the phone with your hands.

Obtain a belt bag
In order to use the instrument adequately, the smartphone must be firmly fixed on the waist using a bag belt.
Here you can find an example of comercial product (in US).

Professional use of Balanced Gait
If you are a therapist, you can register (free) as a therapist in the Private Area.

In Private Area you manage your patients database.  Your patients can upload their Test results to your Private Area and you can follow their evolution in remote mode. In addition you can print the Balanced Gait Test reports. 

Balanced and unbalanced gaits

It is important to realize that every person has a different style of walking. Indeed, a completely balanced gait is not the normal case.

Test results of balanced gait

Test results of intermediate unbalanced gait

Test results of unbalanced gait

CD: Cadency, ST: Temporal Symmetry, HT: Temporal Homogeneity, PW: Power, HF: Forces Homogeneity, SF: Forces Symmetry. The central number shows the reliability of the results.