Limp or Walk Anomaly

Legs | Orthopaedics | Limp or Walk Anomaly (Symptom)


This refers to any kind of difficulty that occurs when walking. Lameness can be considered as a way of walking that favours the use of one leg over another, and is most commonly due to disease or damage in the legs and feet, including all structures such as muscles, bones, joints, vessels blood and nerves that form the lower extremities.


Lameness can result from an acute (recent onset having a) or chronic (long duration). Injuries such as broken bones, sprains and strains are the most common causes. Congenital malformations (birth defects and arthritis) are other possible causes. Lameness can also result from conditions that damage the central nervous system, such as cerebral palsy. Depending on the precise cause of lameness can be treated, in some cases and depending on its severity can be reduced by using drugs or surgery.


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