The way that everyone walks is quite distinctive and hardly any one does it the same way. There are so many unique major as well as subtle minor variations. These variants might help to recognize people on CCTV footage as part of forensic investigations and also useful in gait studies to investigate clinical conditions. There are now professionals in the analysis of gait for the forensic recognition. As well as that there are now some really innovative gear and techniques for the clinical gait analysis. Both the forensic and clinical gait analyses concentrate on precisely what makes us distinctive in the manner that we walk and to quantify those varieties.
One of those variants is what is referred to as an abductory twist. This is commonly observed in clinical gait analyses since it will have consequences for the treatment of biomechanical abnormalities. When we walk, as the hindfoot lifts of the ground, the rearfoot should comes up vertically. However, in a some people just as the rearfoot comes up off the floor there might be a rapid motion of the rearfoot medially or towards the other foot. Often it is only visible to those that are experienced with looking for it or on a video if the video clip is slowed down. There are several possible reasons for this. One is overpronation of the foot, which is a rolling of the ankle inwards and a flattening of the arch of the foot. An additional probable reason is a functional hallux limitus that is a problem with the big toe joint not functioning correctly. There is some controversy if this really is a clinical problem or not. This is because many think about this as a symptom of the issue rather than an actual problem. They argue that treatment should really be aimed at the reason why as opposed to the abductory twist. The existence or lack of an abductory twist would certainly also be part of the forensic inspection.