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Me Walking 4 Months Post L2 Burst Fracture SCI

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Published on Mar 3, 2012

First time back and forth is a "two point" gait wherein each crutch follows the opposite foot. This is more akin to normal walking, and is the type of walking I try to do as much as possible to strengthen my weaker left leg (forces me to stand on it more). I can do this for about a mile on flat ground if I have the patience.

Second time back and forth is normal crutchwalking. My left leg is weaker, so I follow it with both crutches for support. I can do this for a few miles because it makes best use of my upper body strength and I can also walk a bit faster this way. Though, I try to use this style sparingly because the goal is to get my left leg up to par.

Third time back and forth is cane walking. It's pretty self explanatory, the only thing to be said is that the cane is a bit short which causes me to lean to the right more than I should.

Fourth time back and forth is hobbling around without any help. Not very practical at the moment, and I always keep something nearby in case I lose my balance (hence the crutches).

I'm wearing an articulated AFO on my left foot and just to give y'all an idea of the improvement, just a couple hundred feet would tire me out quite a bit about seven weeks ago. Nothing but wheelchair before that.

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