Now the colonies were become states and Australia was on the verge of becoming an independent country. Maybe twenty or thirty years? Despite the naysayers Slikker just knew he would live to see the birth of a new Federation. Every time Slikker looked into the night sky and beheld the Southern Cross he was reminded of the circumstances of his birth, and would experience a surge of patriotism. In a way, his fierce love of country was an accidental gift from long dead parents. Their only legacy. Again Slikker shook his head, as if to clear it of cobwebs.
Nerve tension accumulates in the spine and legs with age, injury history, and running volume. When nerves lose mobility, they begin to create pain – often very similar to soft tissue or joint pain, including plantar foot pain. And because the same repetitive or excessive impact forces that create joint and soft tissue pain also create nerve tension, it is very common for a runner to present with both joint/soft tissue and nerve pain overlay at the same time. Very often, a runner who applies soft tissue or joint treatment concepts will get partially better, but fail to fully recover because they fail to address the nerve tension component.
Plantar fascitis affects adults with disregard to body weight or foot type (flat or high arches). Heel pain usually results from overuse or mechanical changes in the foot as we age. As we walk our feet roll and tilt below the ankle producing a slight twist or torque in the plantar fascia ligament. Excessive forces over time lead to thickening or inflammation of the plantar fascia. The body then attempts to repair itself by growing new bone in this area (a heel spur). Inflammation in the heel can even cause burning or shooting pain from nerve compression.
The patient’s lower extremities should be evaluated while the patient sits on the examination table with knees flexed. The neurologic examination should include testing of proprioception, sharp/dull sensation and reflexes (specifically the plantar reflex) to rule out polyneuropathy, sciatica and neuralgia as causes of the heel pain. The physical examination should also include the simple thigh and leg raise, which, if painful, may indicate a disorder of the lower back. The treatment of heel pain caused by sciatic root compression should be directed toward the primary pathology. Plantar fasciitis is not a condition that will go away quickly without treatment and can become a chronically painful to live with.
Running long distance or on the hard surface like concrete, sudden regress exercise or physical activity etc. can also take you to burning pain in heel of foot. Injury to the heel which may result in tearing of muscles or tendons may also be one of the heel pain causes. Heel spur or excessive growth of the heel bone can also cause heel pain. Usually the bone grows towards the inner part of the heel bone. It is actually the over deposition of the calcium which further forms a bony structure. This makes the nearing tissues to tear and may result in tremendous pain.