Parkinson’s disease (PD) can change the way a person walks. Movement Symptoms like stiff muscles, rigidity and slow movement make it harder to take normal steps. In fact, short, shuffling steps are a common sign of PD, as is freezing, the feeling that your feet are stuck to the floor, for people with mid-stage to advanced PD.
Terry Ellis, Becky G. Farley, P.T., Ph.D., N.C.S., Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Boston University's College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, MA, and Co-Director, Center for Neurorehabilitation, Boston University
Temporary, involuntary inability to take a step or initiate movement., where one or both legs become literally stuck to the floor, can often result in falls. This makes the treatment of freezing a critical part of managing Parkinson’s disease.