Slikker instantly backed away from the thought in horror. Even the passing idea of a whole night atop a horse was enough to cause a cold shiver. He hated the smelly evil-tempered things. Anything but a horse. It was uncommon rare to be visiting a diggings without having to resort to four-legged transport. And pleasant. A bloke could get used to it. Slikker giggled. It was an entirely unmanly habit but he couldn't help it. The huge lad was obviously unused to being ignored and was looking more confused than angry. Eddie peered up at the towering boy with barely concealed intolerance. "Yes son?" In some cases, the affects of heel pain may have a different source. As previously mentioned, tight calf muscles can often predispose you to developing plantar fasciitis. A byproduct of this are trigger points. Trigger points are tiny contractions in the muscle fiber which form as a result of over-use, strain, trauma, or shortened and tight muscles. Trigger points refer pain to other areas of the body. In the case of the lower leg, there are several muscles which could be referring pain to the heel and long arch of the foot – the same area where plantar fasciitis pain occurs. Let’s take a look at the first image below. If you have plantar fasciitis, stop running and limit walking until you can run without feeling pain Since you pedal with your knees and hips and place little force on your fascia, you can usually pedal a bicycle without feeling pain Use shoes that have flexible soles. Wear arch supports that limit the rolling in motion of your feet, stretch your calf muscles and wear night splints. Surgery to cut the plantar, called fasciotomy, is usually ineffective and may even prevent healing. I have treated some patients with infractible pain , unconventionally, with 10 mg/day alindronate for three months. Non- insertional injuries are the most common type of Achilles injury. The tendon itself or the sleeve that covers it can be injured. Sometimes the inside of the tendon is more painful, sometimes the outside. Where the injury lies gives a clue as to where the strain is running into the tendon. If you have recently got new shoes and then shortly developed Achilles pain after, especially if it is right on the posterior edge of the tendon, then check out your shoes. Sep 12, 2010 By Margaret McBride Photo Caption Protect your feet with well-fitting shoes. Photo Credit steps and feet on ice image by drx from Fotolia.com Many runners experience plantar fasciitis, as it is typically caused by repeated stretching or tearing in the plantar fascia, which absorbs the shock of your steps like a bowstring. If too much tension is put on the bowstring, the tightening can create small tears. With repeated tension and tearing, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, leading to plantar fasciitis. Tarsal tunnel syndrome causes a large nerve in the back of the foot to become entrapped, or pinched. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand, tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause heel pain. By twisting his belt nearby the buckle Slikker forced a thin carbon steel blade, secreted between the two strips of leather, to slide from hiding. Grasping it between finger and thumb he carefully tugged it free. Slikker knew if he dropped the blade it would be impossible to retrieve, so whilst cutting the strap took but a moment, it felt more like an odyssey. As your specialist, I have a goal to provide high-quality care and to offer you choices that make your health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.