SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Filing a Social Security Disability Application - How to File & the Information that is Needed by SSA
Do you need a Lawyer at the Administrative Law Judge Disability Hearing?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much is paid for the Social Security Disability Attorney Fee?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
What Expenses Will A Social Security Attorney Charge In Addition To The Fee?
Facts about Plantar Fasciitis and Filing for Disability
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
1. Plantar fasciitis affects the underside of the foot and the heel, due to inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia connects the heel to the toes in a thick band of tissue.
2. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it also tightens, both of which cause pain in the heel and arches of the affected foot. The pain is usually worst in the morning, and feels better as the day goes on because the plantar fascia has loosened up and becomes more limber with movement.
3. Around two million people in the United States a year have plantar fasciitis. In a lifetime, 10 percent of the population will experience the condition.
4. Generally, plantar fasciitis develops gradually and occurs in only one foot. The pain may include spasms that feel like a stretching rubber band down the underside of the foot, and always includes sharp pain in the heel.
5. Plantar fasciitis typically develops in people between the ages of 40 and 60, but it affects women more often than men.
6. Early onset of the condition may occur in those who frequently do certain kinds of athletics, such as runners and dancers, and in those who are required to stand frequently due to their profession.
7. Obesity, bad feet, and wearing shoes with no arch support all contribute to plantar fasciitis as well.
8. Plantar fasciitis can become a chronic condition if it is not treated. Since plantar fasciitis changes the affected individual's walking pattern, it can lead to problems in the knees, hips and back. Bone spurs in the heel can also develop, requiring steroid shots or even surgery.
9. Plantar fasciitis is generally treated with arch supports, stretches, ice applications, and anti-inflammatory pain killers like ibuprofen. Avoid walking barefoot, even at home, and rest from weight bearing activities like running and switch to exercise that takes the pressure off the feet, like swimming.
Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?
Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).
It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).
Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?
Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:
1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;
2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;
3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.
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