Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 4 (August 2017)

Page No.: 2276-2281

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.190


Priti Nisheet Agni *1, Riddhi Naresh Doshi 2.

*1 Assistant Professor, K.J. Somaiya College of Physiotherapy, Ayurvihar, Eastern Express Highway, Sion. Mumbai, India.

2 Intern, K.J. Somaiya College of Physiotherapy, Ayurvihar, Eastern Express Highway, Sion. Mumbai, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Priti Nisheet Agni, Assistant Professor, K.J. Somaiya College of Physiotherapy, Ayurvihar, Eastern Express Highway, Sion, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. E-Mail: pritikulkarni2002@yahoo.co.uk


Background: Aging is a gradual deterioration of physiological function.It is a multidimensional process involving various systems of the body.Out of the various problems faced by the geriatric age group “falls” are one of the major problems faced by the elderly.Fear of fall and associated avoidance of activity may lead to functional decline, restriction of social participation and hence affection of quality of life.This fear can also affect the gait pattern of an individual.Therefore the purpose of this study was to find out the influence of fear of fall on the spatial and temporal gait parameters in elderly.

Materials and Methods: 100 community dwelling elderly were made to walk 10 meters and their gait parameters were noted.The participants were classified into fearful and fearless groups on the basis of the MFES, before the test.

Result: The statistical analysis of the study was done using the mann-whitney test and a significant difference was found between the gait parameters of the fearless and fearful group.

Conclusion: There is an influence of fear of fall on the gait parameters of elderly. Fearful participants were shown to have a significantly slower gait speed,shorter stride length and step length,lesser cadence and increased stride width when compared to fearless participants.

KEY WORDS: Fear of falling, Gait, Spatial parameters, Temporal parameters.


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Cite this article: Priti Nisheet Agni, Riddhi Naresh Doshi. INFLUENCE OF FEAR OF FALL ON SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL PARAMETERS OF GAIT IN COMMUNITY-DWELLING ELDERLY. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(4):2276-2281. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.190