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One Foot in Front of the Other

Did you know that many veterans have foot problems, pain, or conditions that they suffer from that are often overlooked or misunderstood, and causing them to miss out on disability ratings/benefits? In this post, we’re going to get a little scientific, but then break it down, so you can get a more clear idea of what deformities and conditions of the feet really mean and which are most common.

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Most Common Disabilities in Feet
Pes Planus

A flat foot/fallen arch. Read more about pes planus here. Some of the symptoms of more extreme/severe cases of pes planus are:

  • Swelling
  • Tired, worn out feet
  • Arch and heel pain
  • Pain that may radiate to the legs and lower back
  • Altered gait, or walking pattern
Pes Cavus

A hollow foot/high arch. The arch does not flatten when bearing weight. Read more about pes cavus here. Some of the symptoms from more extreme/severe cases of pes cavus are:

  • Soreness after walking or standing for long periods
  • Claw-like toes, where the toes clench
  • Bent toes, referred to as hammertoes
  • Calluses on the heel, sides or ball of feet
  • Weak or unstable ankles, potential for more frequent ankle sprains
  • Most footwear being uncomfortable
Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can result from either a fallen (flat) or high arch. Some of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:

  • Pain or swelling in the heel
  • Increase in pain after physical activity or exercise
  • Pain in the arch
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Inflammation
  • Limited mobility
  • Pain after standing for a long period of time, OR
  • Pain that is more extreme in the morning
  • Tight, painful Achilles tendon


Ratings for Feet

Feet are rated on the severity of symptoms. We have broken down the severity and percentages below.

Moderate symptoms

One foot 10%, Bilateral (both feet) 10%

  • Weight bearing line over the big toe (flat foot)
  • Pain increases when using or moving one or both feet
  • Inward bending of Achilles tendon
Severe symptoms

One foot 20%, Bilateral 30%

  • Deformity or marked pronation- This sounds scarier than it is. Foot deformity and pronation is from a flat foot or high arch. We can help you determine if you are suffering from either of these!
  • Pain on moving the foot
  • Increased pain on use of one or both feet
  • Swelling
  • Characteristic calluses
Pronounced symptoms

One foot 30%, Bilateral 50%

  • Marked pronation -Again, this is from a fallen arch (flat foot) or a high arch
  • No improvement by inserts, appliances or orthotics
  • Extreme tenderness on plantar surfaces- which is the bottom of the feet
  • Inward displacement or severe spasm of Achilles tendon

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