I must confess I thought it was a bit of a giggle when someone dear to me was diagnosed with Policeman’s Heel. I couldn’t help asking ‘‘Allo! Allo! Wot do we have ‘ear then, too much pounding the beat?” Now after months of struggling, some of it on crutches, a new moulded foot support and hundreds of dollars later I realize how painful and frustrating such a condition is. Not so funny now!
After the initial diagnosis it turned out that the problem was not Policeman’s Heel (Planter calcaneal bursitis) but Plantar Fasciitis. This is inflammation of the tissue which supports the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber. So, as my mother used to say, a little knowledge is dangerous, my quick imitation of a London ‘bobby’ was not particularly appropriate.
Chatting about this with Doug the other day we ended up talking about Policemen we knew. I recalled that my first impression of a policeman was of the affable Mr Plod in my sister Celia’s ‘Noddy’ books. My opinion was that he was a friendly, jolly, mostly traffic policeman. Once again, only an infinitesimal amount of knowledge there.
Doug’s first encounter was with Constable Mckinley in Maryborough, back in the early forties. This was after his mum passed away. Doug was sitting on the verandah at his cousin’s house as the policeman approached. “Hello young man,” he remarked casually as he sat down on the steps. “What’s your name son? Doug was terrified, he was only about seven years old at the time.He thought the policeman was coming to put him in gaol because he was a bad boy. Doug had only partial knowledge of the role of policemen. In hindsight it’s probably more likely that Constable McKinley was checking on his welfare.
How often do we do that? How often do we make quick assumptions about people, places or things without being properly informed? I refer back to what my mother used to say about a little knowledge being dangerous. She was so right. Talking to the Corinthians about God and Heaven, Paul inferred that he did not know it all but one day he would know everything. (1 Corinthians 13:12) On this earth we will never know everything about a given subject, person or place, even if our knowledge is extensive. So let’s not jump to conclusions.
Sgt Bob Cryer a popular London (TV) Bobby