According to WebMD, plantar fasciitis is a condition which develops when the plantar fascia, which is the ligament that connects your toes to your heel bone, becomes swollen, weak or inflamed. Heel spurs were commonly thought to be the main cause of this condition, but medical research now indicates that heel spurs occur in people with and without this condition.
Claimants who experience this condition may have difficulty walking or standing. It most commonly occurs in younger applicants who exercise frequently or in middle-aged adults. Men experience this condition more often than women.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis can be exacerbated by sudden weight gain or obesity, long-distance running, flat feet or high arches and wearing shoes with too little arch support.
If you experience plantar fasciitis you might experience stiffness, pain, aching, burning or a sharp dull pain that generally gets worse if you exercise, climb stairs or stand and walk after sitting for a long period of time.
Plantar Fasciitis and SSDI benefits
Is plantar fasciitis a disease or disorder?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two methods for determining if a claimant is disabled. First they will determine if your condition meets or exceeds a listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments. If it does not, they will determine if you have the residual capacity to work. This is done through what the SSA terms a medical vocational allowance.
Claimants who suffer from plantar fasciitis, which is so severe they are unable to work, may win disability by proving their condition meets or exceeds the symptoms and conditions listed under 1.00 Musculoskeletal System in the SSA Listing of Impairments. You may be able to prove your plantar fasciitis is as severe as other musculoskeletal issues such asfractures, poorly healed bone breaks, soft tissue injuries, spinal arachnoiditis, arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
If they are not able to do this they will have to prove they do not have the residual capacity to work. Younger claimants who are educated will have a very difficult time proving their condition is severe enough that they cannot work any other type of job, especially a sedentary job. Consider, there are many workers who are wheelchair bound and completely unable to walk who are able to perform sedentary jobs.
If you are over the age of 55, you have limited education, and you have always performed heavy physical labor, you will have a better chance of proving that you do not have the ability to retrain for sedentary work due to your condition.
Consider also that if you have additional conditions such as high blood pressure, arthritis, back conditions, etc. that further limits your ability to work this should all be listed on your SSDI application. The SSA will review all of your disabling conditions in their entirety to determine if you can work.
Should I hire a disability lawyer if I have Plantar Fasciitis?
Disability lawyers work on a contingency basis and only get paid if you win SSDI. This also can work against some applicants because if your condition is not severe enough for the disability lawyer to think they can win your case they are unlikely to accept you as a client.
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