A waddling gait is the style of walking that is seen in a patient with proximal myopathy.
It is characterised by:
- a broad-based gait with a duck-like waddle to the swing phase
- the pelvis drops to the side of the leg being raised
- forward curvature of the lumbar spine
- marked body swing
This gait may also be seen in patients with congenital hip dislocation and pregnancy.