Friday, January 12, 2007

these boots were made for walkin'

Here's an interesting puzzle.

Robb's new orthotic "boots" seem to allow him to walk twice as fast as he normally can. But when he is wearing them, he can only go half as far.

Why is this?

Robb speculates that the reason for this may be that the devices stimulate his feet so much that they cause a lot more neural spasticity. We don't know if this is the case, but it sounds plausible.

2 comments:

night writer said...

My arthritis gives me problems managing energy levels and endurance. I find I can either walk fast, or far, but not both. Maybe Rob has the same situation...only x amount of energy...and he has to choose whether to walk fast or far. However, I have been working slowly at increasing my endurance, letterboxing has helped immensely, and although I still have to choose between fast and far, it's now faster or further.

night writer

. . . Lisa & Robb . . . said...

hmmmm....that's an interesting idea.

Thankfully, Robb's energy levels have risen dramatically since in the last few months. He used to get up, take a shower, and then have to lay down to regain his energy.

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