PUTTING GAIT TO THE TEST
Your doctor can sometimes get a good idea of what’s causing your gait problem by watching the way you move. He or she may ask you to perform various movements and perhaps time you while you do them. In the Timed Get Up and Go test, you get up from a chair without using your hands, walk 3 meters (about 10 feet), turn, and return to sit back down. You should be able to complete the action in about 10 seconds. If you take 14 seconds or more, it’s considered abnormal, and you have an increased risk of falling.