The way that everyone walks is incredibly distinctive and almost no one walks the same way. There are lots of unique major as well as subtle minor variants. These variants can assist to recognize people on CCTV footage as part of forensic investigations as well as being valuable in gait studies to examine clinical problems. There are now specialists in the investigation of gait for the forensic recognition. As well as that there are now some very advanced gear and methods for the clinical gait analysis. Both forensic and clinical gait analyses concentrate on what it is that causes us to be distinctive in the way that we walk and to measure those distinctions.

One of those variations is what is generally known as an abductory twist. This is frequently seen in clinical gait analyses since it can 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 group of people just as the rearfoot comes of the floor there can be a rapid movement of the heel medially or towards the opposite foot. Often it is only obvious to those that are experienced with looking for it or on a video when the video clip is slowed down. There are a few possible causes of this. One is overpronation of the foot, which is a rolling of the ankle joint inwards and a flattening of the arch of the foot. Another probable reason for an abductory twist is a functional hallux limitus that is a issue with the big toe joint not functioning adequately. There is certainly some discussion if this is actually a clinical problem or not. This happens because many think about this as a sign of the issue instead of a real issue. They believe that therapy really should be directed at the reason why instead of the abductory twist. The presence or absence of an abductory twist might also be part of the forensic examination.