Physical Therapy -> Gait -> Phases


Gait occurs in two phases, the part where you're standing on one leg (stance phase) and the part where you're swinging one leg to step forward (swing phase). In each phase, we look at each part to make sure it's symmetrical on each leg and there's no altered gait mechanics. During stance phase (which is standing on one leg and makes up 60% of the gait cycle), there's initial contact, loading response, midstance, terminal stance. During swing phase (which is when your leg is moving forward to take a step), there's pre-swing (toe off), initial swing, mid-swing, terminal swing.