Gait on soft versus hard surface after total knee arthroplasty
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Asymmetric gait patterns are common following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Gait on even and hard surface is primarily characterized by reduced peak knee flexion in the prosthetic knee, increased contralateral knee adduction angle, and decreased walking speed compared to controls. Natural conditions may however lead to different strategies. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to explore how gait patterns may differ when walking on a soft surface. Methods: 3D kinematics during gait on hard and soft surface were assessed in 23 unilateral TKA-subjects ~19 months post-operative, and in 23 controls. Results: Gait characteristics in TKA-subjects that differed from controls observed on hard surface were amplified on soft surface. Flexion in the prosthetic knee was further decreased and a tendency towards reduced flexion in the contralateral knee was observed. Knee and hip adduction were not affected by surface conditions nevertheless there was a difference between groups, in particular with regard to the prosthetic side. In addition, step width increased on soft surface in TKA-subjects. Conclusion: Gait on an even and soft surface did not amplify asymmetries in TKA-subjects, but decreased knee flexion and increased step-width, albeit with similar gait speed as the control group suggests that the soft surface provided a small but significant challenge making the TKA-subjects precautious.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-91480OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-91480DiVA: diva2:736426