In deciding the disability rating for flat feet, the VA uses the rating schedule 38 C.F.R. § 4.71a which covers the musculoskeletal system. Flat feet pain is common among veterans and it is common for us to have low VA ratings for foot conditions. We are taught to not complain and soldier on but that is what is hurting us from getting the VA Disability ratings we deserve!
00:00 VA Disability Ratings for Flat Feet (PES PLANUS)
5:39 Definition of Pes Planus
6:56 How does the VA rate flat feet
8:18 Mild Pes Planus
11:02 Severe Pes Planus
12:56 Pronounced Pes Planus
19:19 What if my Pes Planus causes other conditions?
20:43 Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
22:15 Arthritis of the Foot
23:31 Plantar Fasciitis
VA Disability Ratings for Flat Feet can be assigned up to 50% and are decided as follows:
MILD PES PLANUS:
0%: Symptoms can be relieved by using arch supports. At this rating, the flat feet are considered mild and non-compensable.
10%: if there is pain in using the foot; the weight-bearing stays on the big toe rather than spread over the whole foot; or there is an inward bearing of the Achilles tendon (whether unilateral or bilateral)
SEVERE PES PLANUS:
20%: severe unilateral flat foot with a clear deformity, regular swelling upon use, and characteristic callouses
30%: same symptoms but occurs in both feet (bilateral pes planus)
PRONOUNCED PES PLANUS:
30%: it’s possible to get this rating in a unilateral occurrence if the Achilles tendon is inwardly displaced and experiencing spasms; if there is marked pronation (walking on the inside of the foot); and if there is severe tenderness of the plantar surfaces of the foot
50%: if the same symptoms of the pronounced unilateral flat foot occurs in both feet
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