Festinating Gait: It is a run away train
Updated: May 12
Do you ever feel your walking is turning into a runaway train? This is a common symptom in Parkinson's Disease where your steps get shorter and shorter and quicker. 32% of those with PD have reported gait festination in the past month. This walking pattern attributes to falls and imbalance. The exact reason why people have gait festination is not known but these episodes can occur during "off" times of medication, times of stress and when trying to do 2 or more things at once.
As with any motor or non motor symptom associated with Parkinson's Disease it is helpful to discuss this with your neurologist and develop specific strategies with your physical or occupational therapist. Performing therapy combining movement and cognitive tasks can be beneficial to work on developing effective strategies.
To stop your run away train try the 3 Ss: