A gait disturbance is a deviation from the normal pattern of movement in walking. With the guidance of a Movement Disorder Specialist, physical therapists and occupational therapists can teach methods for compensating for gait disturbances. Remaining as physically active as possible helps to maintain muscle strength and independence. People with gait disturbances are often uncomfortable in public, afraid that they may fall and worried that others will not understand that their mobility problems are out of their control. A positive outlook and a good sense of humor are good tools to have.