Progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA) has been shown to occur in the presence of an increased load at the medial compartment [1]. Current gait analysis techniques allow researchers to use inverse dynamic techniques to calculate external knee adduction moments. These moments correlate to varus knee stresses and increased load in the medial knee compartment. These abnormal stresses have been hypothesized to play a role in the destruction of articular cartilage [2]. Previous authors have suggested that walking velocity will affect the adduction moment and that decreasing walking speed may reduce the maximal knee external moment during gait [3]. Based on these previous findings, we investigated various walking speeds in subjects with mild, moderate and severe OA and the effect on the external knee adduction moment.

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