What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue (i.e. plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain and often occurs in runners, individuals who stand a lot for their job, or those who have shoes with inadequate support. Typically, plantar fasciitis presents as stabbing pain that usually occurs in the first steps someone takes in the morning, which then subsides as one gets up and moves. However, the pain might return after a long period of standing or upon standing after sitting down.
Due to the physical nature of many military occupations, veterans are at a particularly high risk for developing plantar fasciitis. Because of this risk and the detrimental impact plantar fasciitis can have on an individual’s feet, the VA has developed a rating system for this condition and now provides compensation to those who suffer from it as a result of their military service.
How The VA Rates Plantar Fasciitis
Under 38 CFR § 4.71a, the VA rates plantar fasciitis depending on the severity of the condition.
Diagnostic Code 5269: Plantar fasciitis
- 30 – No relief from both non-surgical and surgical treatment, bilateral
- 20 – No relief from both non-surgical and surgical treatment, unilateral
- 10 – Otherwise, unilateral or bilateral
In cases where the veteran loses use of the foot as a result of the pain, the VA rates the condition at 40 percent. For veterans who are unable to work as a result of their plantar fasciitis, they qualify for a total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU) rating. This rating provides veterans with compensation at the 100 percent rate regardless of their total schedular disability rating, so long as they are unable to follow a substantially gainful occupation.
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