The Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 is a stable shoe that doesn’t sacrifice support or cushioning, but still clocks in at a slightly lower weight than many of its competitors. The most popular of Mizuno’s stability offerings, this update was minor, with the most changes occurring in the upper to improve the overall look and fit. For support, the Inspire 9 uses Mizuno’s wave plate, which is a plastic plate running through the shoe. The Inspire 9’s wave plate begins near the heel and runs through to the arch, stopping before the forefoot for flexibility. Emotional stress causes energy imbalances which cause the lower back to become unstable. There are three common energy imbalances in the lower back. The 1st is a second chakra imbalance in the back of the body. The 2nd one is emotional armoring at the 3rd lumbar. This is a muscle spasm due to unexpressed emotions. The 3rd is a polarity energy imbalance of the water element in the pelvis. I check for all three of these imbalances on the first visit. I also check for misalignment of the feet, knees and muscle weaknesses which cause the spine to be unstable. Some flat feet are completely asymptomatic, meaning that the patient does not feel pain or discomfort from the condition. This occurs in cases of 'flexible feet ', in which the foot has a visible arch when relaxed (for instance, when the patient is sitting). In cases of flexible flat feet , when the patient does not suffer any foot and leg pain, treatment is not necessary. A tight Achilles tendon, flat feet, a high rigid arch in the foot, running uphill or on very soft terrain such as sand and a sudden increase in weight or training intensity all increase the risk of plantar fasciitis," Figelman and Young explained. Once you have considered all the information above it is time to try the boot on. Begin by rolling up your pant leg to just below the knee and then grab the tabs at the top of the boot with one hand on each tab and then pull the boot on. The boot should slide on easily and the shaft should not rub against the leg when you walk (this could cause blistering). You should be able to wiggle your toes slightly and the heel should not slide up and down when you walk, but also should not be too restraining. Stiff heel- the stiffness of the material at the back of the heel can also have a factor in how supportive the shoe is. The heel bone will rotate outward in various degrees when the foot flattens. A stiffer heel material in the shoe (the heel counter) will help to resist this, and improve the overall stability of the shoe. As PTTD becomes more advanced, the arch flattens even more and the pain often shifts to the outside of the foot, below the ankle. At this point, the tendon has deteriorated considerably and arthritis often develops in the foot. In more severe cases, arthritis may also develop in the ankle. The bones of the feet are protected by dense fibrous tissue called plantar fascia which extends from the heel to the toes. This cushions the feet whenever we walk or put weight on them. If, for some reason, tears or inflammation develop in the heel pad due to constant tension from running, jogging or dancing, the planter nerve becomes irritated and in¬flamed. This is plantar fasciitis or the painful heel syndrome which is marked by mild to intense pain at the back of the foot, especially when weight is placed on the heel. The FGFR2 gene produces a protein called fibroblast increase factor receptor 2. Among its several functions, this protein signals immature cells to become bone cells in a developing origin and fetus. A change in a specific part of the FGFR2 gene alters the protein and causes prolonged signaling, which promotes the premature fusion of bones in the skull and feet. This condition is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to cause the disorder. Treatment of Jackson-Weiss syndrome is usually treated by doctors and therapists who specialize in head and neck disorders. I also did acupuncture on my knees with Dr. Yu. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but the results were noticeable. The chronic "cold" pain disappeared. Dr. Yu said that I had a "deep cold" in my knees. From that point on, I keep them nice and warm. When biking in the Fall or Spring I wear soft elastic knee braces to protect my knees from wind and to add a bit of stability. Obviously, since toddlers tend to "toddle," having shoes or booties that are not slippery is important. Bare feet in the home (if the floors are checked for sharp objects first) are fine as well.