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Plantar Fasciitis Vs Heel Spurs

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I was rated 0% for heel spurs of right foot, but my service record also stated that I had plantar fasciitis. Should I have my claim amended to include the plantar faciitis?

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They are the same thing and I feel for you since I have the same problem. My feet hurt like hell. My newest podiatrist wants to do surgery to cut the PF. This is a last resort since it can go wrong. For some reason the medical community thinks PF is just a minor ailment so they give 10% disability. Some have it so bad they cannot walk 100 feet. It is an overlooked condition that has no simple cure.

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alphahec I think you should file a claim on plantar fasciitis it not the same as heel spurs, I have them both also, the plantar fasciitis can cause heel spurs, but you can have heel spurs with out having plantar fasciitis and it a different claim and if you get a % for the plantar fasciitis you would be doing better than the 0 % they gave you. I would also NOD the heel spurs and have them look at it again also see if the Doc will get you a MRI on the foot it will tell you what is really wrong with the foot. I was told all I had was a heel spur on my both feet and my Doc did a MRI and found I had heel spurs, had ligaments gone in both ankles, the Achilles in both ankle had torn a little and had repaired them self and I had plantar fasciitis in both feet, all I say is it never hurt to ask all they can say is no and they have to tell you why or I hope they would.

Ken

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Thanks, I filed a NOD for heel spurs and have had my claim amended for plantar fasciitis, it seems that they keep trying to lowball me in order to keep my service-connection at 0%. Thanks again guys!

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Alphahec,

I have commented on this in another post, but cant find it. P/F and H/S are a different. I had PF and it was quite painful, had to walk with crutches for a while then a cane. It took a series of steroid shots and special orthotics to get rid of it, after a year or so, but it still rears it's ugly head now and then, except in both feet now. 121212, is correct you can have one or both problems at the same time. If you have both and its service connected calim for both. You may want to spend the money and go to a pvt. foot specialist and see what they say about your condition.

t&b

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Heel spurs are not what makes your feet hurt. Your feet hurt because of PF. The spurs grow because the PF is being torn away from the bone due to strain on the fascia. Does the VA really give separate ratings for heel spurs and PF? I have had PF for years and my private doctors never do operations to remove heel spurs, but they do operate to cut fascia sometimes to relieve strain. I would not have surgery done for either condition unless I was desparate. I have never heard of people having painful heel spurs without having PF. The PF is attatched to your heel. When it tears away from the heelbone you get the spurs but they are a symptom of PF not a cause. You ought to get at least 10% for the PF.

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PF occurs when the long fibrous plantar fascia ligament along the bottom of the foot develops tears in the tissue resulting in pain, usually felt at the heel bone. PF can be the cause of heel spurs--calcium deposits on the bone itself. The heel spur can cause pain by pushing into the soft ligament/tissue that surrounds the heel bone.

so while they are interconnected and related, they are two seperate issues--one dealing with bone, the other dealing with soft-tissue. File for PF -- pain and limited ROM. If your SMR shows PF, then the VA should directly connect, otherwise you'll have to go for a secondary to heel spurs connection which will probably mean an IME to connect the dots.

Good luck

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Thanks guys, luckily the progress notes they did at the clinic at Iraq, states both plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, so I'm good there, but they rated only the heel spurs. But I'll get it rated in the end, thanks again!

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The thing is that PF and heel spurs don't usually limit your ROM. They just hurt when you walk or stand. You can also get a fibroma from PF. I have that as well. I don't know how they rate all that. I have PF and PN. I wish my feet were completely numb so I did not feel pain. I had PF in service but I thought everyone's feet hurt in the Army.

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I just wanted to let everybody know heel spurs can causes ROM, everybody is different when it comes to pain and it also matters where the heel spur is on your heel and what ligament or tendon it is rubbing on. I broke both of my big toes in the military I was told I would not be able to walk until they healed, I walked the next day and went to work because I do not walk on my toes like everybody else, I am just saying everybody is different, so what one person has wrong with them can cause them not to be able to function and another person can have a normal life with the same problem. I am not trying to say anybody is wrong about what they are saying, just everybody is different, Make the VA say it is not service connected, don't do it yourself because the most you can give yourself is 0% and they can give you a lot more if you have the problem.

THANKS Ken

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Make the VA say it is not service connected, don't do it yourself because the most you can give yourself is 0% and they can give you a lot more if you have the problem.

Put another way, if you don't file, the answer is no...they can't say yes unless you ask.

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I was diagnosed with PF on one foot a few years ago. My Doc said anyone with PF probably had heel spurs too. As predicted, my x-rays showed that I sure enough had heel spurs on my sore foot. But, the Doc said they didn't hurt anything and that he never operated on them. He prescribed stretching exercises and shoe inserts for the PF, which I thought would never work. But, after about six months of stretching and wearing inserts the pain was greatly reduced and was completely gone after about a year. It's been about three years pain free so far, knock on wood.

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