The way in which we all walk is quite distinctive and hardly any one walks exactly the same way. There are numerous different major as well as slight minor variants. These variants might help to identify people on CCTV footage as part of forensic investigations as well as being beneficial in gait studies to analyze clinical conditions. There are now professionals in the investigation of gait for the forensic identification. As well as that there are now some really advanced gear and techniques for the clinical gait analysis. Both the forensic and clinical gait analyses concentrate on just what makes us distinctive in the way that we walk and to evaluate those variants.
One of those variations is what is generally known as an abductory twist. This is commonly seen in clinical gait analyses as it can have consequences for the treating of biomechanical abnormalities. When we walk, as the heel lifts of the ground, the heel should comes up vertically. However, in a some people just as the rearfoot comes of the floor there can be a sudden movement of the rearfoot medially or towards the opposite foot. Often it is only obvious to those who are proficient in looking for it or on a video when the video clip is slowed down. There are a few possible reasons for this. One is overpronation of the foot, which is a rolling of the ankle inwards and a collapse of the arch of the foot. A different probable cause is a functional hallux limitus which is a issue with the big toe joint not functioning correctly. There is certainly some debate if this is indeed a clinical issue or not. This is because many consider this as a symptom of the problem instead of a real issue. They argue that therapy should be aimed towards the reason as opposed to the abductory twist. The presence or lack of an abductory twist would even be part of the forensic inspection.