Plantar Fasciitis and Flat Foot VA Ratings (2023)

According to statistics, roughly18 million adultsin the US have flat feet and approximately2 millionsuffer from plantar fasciitis.

Both flat feet and plantar fasciitisare often caused by genetic conditions. However, certain activities that place strain on the feet can trigger or cause the symptoms.Research has shownthat veterans are at a much higher risk of developing these conditions.

If you are a US veteran suffering from either flat feet or plantar fasciitis that are service-connected, the VA should be paying you monthly for that disability.

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What We Cover In This Article on Flat Feet VA Disability

  • Flat Feet vs Plantar Fasciitis
    • Flat Feet (Pes Planus)
    • Plantar Fasciitis
  • How the VA Rates Flat Feet
    • Mild—VA Disability Rating: 0%
    • Moderate—VA Disability Rating: 10%
    • Severe—VA Disability Rating: 20-30%
    • Pronounced—VA Disability Rating: 30-50%
  • How the VA Rates Plantar Fasciitis
    • Mild—VA Disability Rating: 0%
    • Moderate—VA Disability Rating: 10%
    • Severe—VA Disability Rating: 20-30%
    • Pronounced—VA Disability Rating: 30-50%
  • How to Get a VA Disability Rating for Flat Feet and Plantar Fasciitis
  • How Foot Pain Impacts Your OverallCompensation
  • Is Your Rating Correct?
  • Do You Need Help Getting VA Disability for Flat Feet and Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis and Flat Foot VA Ratings (1)

Serviceenvironments are a common cause orcontributing factorof flat feet and plantar fasciitis. Both of these conditions can cause severe pain and disability.

If your foot problems stem from your time in service, then youneed to get the compensation you deserve. However, before you begin the VA evaluation process, there are some important things you need to be aware of.

For one, you will have to prove that your symptoms are directly related to your time in service. You will also need to ensure that you get a fair plantar fasciitis VA rating during the evaluation process.

Read on to find out how to get proof that your conditionis service-related, as well as everything you need to know aboutyour VA disability rating forfoot pain.

Flat Feet vs Plantar Fasciitis

Before we take a look at the VA rating for flat foot and plantar fasciitis, let’s quickly examine exactly what these two conditions are and how they differ.

Flat Feet (Pes Planus)

Flat feet, which is medically termed pes planus, is characterized by fallen arches and foot pain. Many people who have flat feet or fallen arches never experience pain or impedimentswith walking.

However, activities and conditions that place strain on the feet can often aggravate the condition, resulting in pain, tissue damage, and difficulty with movement. Standing for extended periods and activities such as running can often trigger symptoms of pes planus.

This is why flat feet canbe directly connected as a service-related disability. At the same time, many people naturally develop flat feet later in life, thanks to conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Flat feet can also be caused by age-related weakening of the tendons within the feet.

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Another thing to know about pes planus is that it can be either unilateral or bilateral. Unilateral means that only one foot is affected, while bilateral means that both feet have developed symptoms. Whether your case of flat feet is unilateral or bilateral will have an impact on yourVA disability rating.

Plantar Fasciitis

Flat feet are considered a type of foot deformity (that can be exacerbated or triggered by strain). Plantar fasciitis, on the other hand, is a foot injury.

Plantar fasciitis is the name for injury caused to the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that covers the bottom ofone’s foot. If strained, this tissue can develop micro-tears which then cause inflammation and pain.

Like flat feet, plantar fasciitis can bebrought on by activities such as running, high impact training, and prolonged standing. Having flat feet is also a risk factor for developing plantar fasciitis.

The reason it is a risk is that the arch of one’s foot directly acts to protect the tissue of the plantar fascia. If you have foot pain from flat feet, this might be because you developed plantar fasciitis.

Now that we are clear on the differences and overlap of flat feet and plantar fasciitis, let’s get into the details on theVA disability rating for foot pain.

How the VA Rates Flat Feet

The VA ratesflat feetas perthe 38 CFR § 4.71a, Schedule of Ratings, Musculoskeletal System,with the diagnostic code 5276.

Through the rating criteria in this code, the VA will evaluate your symptoms and give you a rating on a scale of 0% (mild disability)to 50% (pronounced disability).

Mild—VA Disability Rating: 0%

If you have flat feet but are able to find relief through the use of inserts, or orthotic arch supports, the VA will consider yours a mild and non-compensatablecondition. If you fall into this category you will get aVA disability rating of 0%.

Moderate—VA Disability Rating: 10%

If during your examination the VA doctor findscertain qualifying criteria, youmay be assigned a VA disability rating of 10%. The qualifying criteria are as follows:

  • Your weight-bearing line is over your big toe
  • You experience pain upon manipulation orwhen using the foot
  • You have inbound bowing of the Achilles tendon

Severe—VA Disability Rating: 20-30%

The VA deems pes planus to be severe when there is clear evidence of a deformity in the foot.Along with this, the qualifying criteria are:

  • Pain when the foot is used or manipulated
  • Swelling occurring after use of the foot or feet
  • Presence of characteristic callosities (calluses)

The exact rating that you receive in this category will depend on whether your condition is unilateral or bilateral. If you have unilateral pes planus (affecting one foot), youcan receive aVA disability rating for foot pain of 20%. If it is bilateral (affects both feet) then your disability rating may be 30%.

Pronounced—VA Disability Rating: 30-50%

The most severecategory of pes planus is pronounced, and depending on whether the affliction is bilateral or unilateral a veteran can receive aVA disability rating for foot pain of 30-50%.

To qualify a veteran must experience marked pronation (inward rolling of the foot). Inward displacement of the Achilles tendon must also be present as well as severe tenderness and pain of the bottom surface of the foot or feet. Another marker is if the condition is not relieved in any way by foot supports.

(Video) Bilateral Pes Planus (Flat Feet) VA Ratings

If pronounced pes planus is present in both feet (and supports do not help), veterans can receive the VA disability rating of 50%.

If only one foot displays symptoms, veterans are eligible for the next highestVA disability rating for foot pain of 30%.

One of our VA disability lawyers talks about common combinations of disabilities that add up to 100% TDIU.

How the VA Rates Plantar Fasciitis

Due to the fact that plantar fasciitisand flat feet arecommonlylinked—and plantar fasciitis does not have its own rating code—it is often rated under thediagnostic code for acquired flatfoot.

As with flat feet, the VA rates plantar fasciitis on a scale of mild to pronounced and awards disabilities ratings from 0% to 50%.

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Mild—VA Disability Rating: 0%

If you are experiencing plantar fasciitis that can be relieved by shoe inserts and arch supports then the VA will likely give you a non-compensable rating of 0%.

Moderate—VA Disability Rating: 10%

On the other hand, if youare experiencinginward bowing of theAchilles tendon as well as pain when using your foot/feet, then you may be deemed to have a moderate case of plantar fasciitis. This will receive aVAdisability rating for foot pain of 10%.

Severe—VA Disability Rating: 20-30%

If your case of plantar fasciitis is deemed severe, you may be eligible to receive a VA disability rating of 20-30%. To be categorized as having severe plantar fasciitis, the followingcriteria need to be present:

  • Increased pain when you move or use the foot/feet
  • Presence of callosities (calluses) particular to plantar fasciitis
  • Swelling from use

If you have plantar fasciitis in one foot, you may be eligible forVAdisability rating for foot pain of 20%. If both of your feet are affected, you may qualify for a VA disability rating of 30%.

Pronounced—VA Disability Rating: 30-50%

If you experience the following, then your plantar fasciitis case may be deemed pronounced by the VA:

  • You experience tenderness
  • There is marked inward displacement and pronation(inward rolling of the foot)
  • Orthopedic shoes and inserts do not provide relief or reduce the symptoms
  • Your Achilles tendon spasms when it is touched

If these elements are present, and you have plantar fasciitis in one foot, you may receive a disability rating of 30%. If you have bilateral plantar fasciitis, you could be eligible to receive aVAdisability rating for foot pain of 50%.

(Video) VA Claims for Foot Pain: Plantar Fasciitis and Flat Foot VA Ratings

How to Get a VA Disability Rating for Flat Feet and Plantar Fasciitis

If you have yet to claim VAdisability for flat feet and plantar fasciitis, you should do so without delay. Both of these conditions can be debilitating and cause pain in other areas such as the knees, back, and legs.

To be successfulclaiming aVA disability for flat feet and/or plantar fasciitis you will need to prove that your condition is a result of activities you underwent while in service. Here are three things that can help you in proving this and gaining compensation:

  • A current diagnosis of your foot condition
  • Record of an in-service event or aggravation
  • A medical nexus, or link, between the in-service event and the current disability

At first, it might seem almost impossible to provide documented proof that something like flat feet or plantar fasciitis was caused during service. However, if you go back there might be a paper trail that ties your affliction to service-related activities. This includes things like requests fordifferent boots to be issued, requests for insoles or inserts. You might even have medical records of treatment for pes planus or plantar fasciitis while in service.

If the VA deems that there is some suggestion of a link between your current disability and your time in service, they will order a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam. During this, a VA doctor will assess your foot trouble and assign you a rating.

After is it finished, it isimportant that yourequesta copy of the C&P examination. If the VA doctor makes an incorrect analysis, you are free to contest this, in which case a copy of the C&P examination will be useful.

How to handle your C&P Exam for your VA benefits.

Your VAdisability rating for foot pain from pes planus or plantar fasciitis can affect your overall disability rating and compensation in a number of ways.

For example, it may be that your condition is asecondary service-connected disability. If so, the rating you receive for this will impact your existing rating.

What’s more, if you do not have a 100% disability rating, but are unable to work because of your foot condition—you may beentitled tototal disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU). If you apply, and this is granted to you, you will be compensated at the 100% level.

Lastly, if your foot pain VA disability is so bad that you have effectively lost the use of them, you mayqualify for loss of use with the VA. If this goes through, you will be eligible to receive additional Special Monthly Compensation.

The exact amount of compensation that you will receive for your foot pain depends on a number of factors. To calculate what effect yourVA disability rating for foot pain will have on your compensation package, you can use ourVA disability calculator.

How to claim secondary service connection for a VA disability

Is Your Rating Correct?

If you have undergone your Pension and Disability examination and are not happy with the result, you should call us for a free review of your case. If you feel that you received an inaccurate or unfair rating, be aware that you can appeal this by requesting aVA higher-level review.

The VA is notorious for ‘under’ rating disabilities, therefore if you have received an incorrect rating or been denied disability it is essential that you follow up.

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You will need to get an outside opinion from a non-VA doctor and argue against the original examiner’s conclusions. To enhance your chances of success, you shouldalso talk to aVA disability lawyer.

Do You Need Help Getting VA Disability for Flat Feet and Plantar Fasciitis?

Are you having trouble getting VAdisability for flat feet and plantar fasciitis? If you have been denied disability, orhave received a wrongful rating—we can help.

Available to vets all over the US, we specialize in getting veterans the compensation they deserve. What’s more,you only have to pay for our services if we win your case for you.

Contact usandget help appealing today.

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Can I get VA disability for both flat feet and plantar fasciitis?

No, both of them together won’t be able to get a rating, but the VA is required to give you the highest rating whenever two disabilities exclude each other.

If I injured my foot while enlisted but on leave, can I still file for disability?

Yes. Any injury that happens to you during your active duty is elligible for VA disability. Work with us and we’ll see if we can prove that your injury happened during your active duty, even if it didn’t happen in combat or during wartime.


Can you get a VA rating for both flat feet and plantar fasciitis? ›

Ratings For Bilateral Pes Planus with Plantar Fasciitis

If a veteran has bilateral pes planus, with plantar fasciitis, they should be eligible for a 50 percent rating for their pronounced bilateral pes planus, and a 30 percent rating for their plantar fasciitis since it affects both feet.

What is the average VA rating for plantar fasciitis? ›

30% – this rating is for veterans for whom surgical or non-surgical treatment methods provide no relief, and both feet are affected. 40% – this rating applies to veterans who experience the loss of the use of the foot affected by plantar fasciitis.

What percentage of VA disability for plantar fasciitis? ›

An initial disability rating of 50 percent for bilateral plantar fasciitis is granted.

What is the average VA disability rating for flat feet? ›

A bilateral acquired flatfoot (pes planus) will be rated as 30 percent disabling where severe with objective evidence of marked deformity (pronation, abduction, etc.), pain on manipulation and use accentuated, indication of swelling on use, characteristic callosities.

Is flat feet same as plantar fasciitis? ›

No, they are not. Flatfeet is a condition in which the foot arches collapse and may come with no associated symptoms. On the other hand, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia and causes pain. Without proper management, flatfeet increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

What percentage do you get for flat feet? ›

The 20 percent rating for flat feet is applicable for unilateral pes planus with: Objective evidence of marked deformity (e.g., pronation which is ankle and arch rolling or tipping inwards, abduction. which is when the ankle and foot are moving away from the body, etc.)

Can flat feet cause plantar fasciitis? ›

Associated problems. Flat feet are linked with overpronation – in which the feet lean inwards while walking. People with flat feet may also be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. A flat foot without added support can also cause the foot to be unstable, risking injury.

How do you prove plantar fasciitis? ›

Plantar fasciitis is diagnosed based on your medical history and physical examination. During the exam, your health care provider will check for areas of tenderness in your foot. The location of your pain can help determine its cause.

Can plantar fasciitis be a permanent disability? ›

Far from being a permanent or chronic condition, plantar fasciitis typically responds well to treatment. Most people recover completely with a few months of conservative treatment. And, you have lots of options available to you. Many cases of plantar fasciitis respond positively to conservative treatment strategies.

Is plantar fasciitis a 50 VA rating? ›

Veterans who have plantar fasciitis and experienced the actual loss of use of the foot qualify for a 40 percent disability rating. A special disability rating of 20 or 30 percent applies to veterans who received a surgical recommendation from their doctor but are not a candidate for surgery.

What are secondary conditions to flat feet? ›

Secondary Conditions Linked to Flat Feet

Plantar fasciitis. Arthritis. Knee pain. Hip pain.

What is considered chronic plantar fasciitis? ›

Patients with chronic plantar fasciitis (P.F) will have been suffering with symptoms for more than 2-4 weeks. The symptoms become consistent and the patients are able to see the patterns. Usually, the pain arises every single morning without fail.

How do you prove VA disability for flat feet? ›

Qualifying for Flat Feet VA Disability Compensation

VA grants service connection if the veteran: (1) has a current medical diagnosis for flat feet; (2) provides evidence of an in-service event or occurrence leading to the condition; and (3) presents a medical nexus opinion connecting pes planus to the in-service event.

What is a C&P exam for plantar fasciitis? ›

VA may order a Compensation and Pension examination for plantar fasciitis to analyze whether it is related to service. The examiner will ask questions regarding your condition and how it may be caused by your time in service. After the examination, the VA examiner is going to issue a decision.

Can flat feet be denied VA claim? ›

If you were denied VA disability for flat feet, you have the right to appeal. Appealing a VA decision with the help of a skilled, dedicated attorney can help you get a better outcome for your claim. If the VA denied you benefits for pes planus, don't give up on getting the compensation you deserve.

Is plantar fasciitis worse with flat feet? ›

Foot mechanics

The mechanics of your foot can make plantar fasciitis more likely to develop. Those who have flat feet or high arches often distribute weight in a way that puts extra stress on the plantar fascia and leads to foot pain.

What foot problems qualify for VA disability? ›

The VASRD offers ratings for the following musculoskeletal conditions of the Foot:
  • Loss of Use/Amputation of the Foot.
  • Broken Bones in the Foot.
  • Flat Foot (Pes Planus)
  • Claw Foot.
  • Hammer Toe.
  • Metatarsalgia (Morton's Disease)
  • Other Musculoskeletal Diseases.
  • Bunions (Hallux Valgus)

What is the VA disability rating for foot pain? ›

Under DC 5284, a 10 percent rating is warranted for a moderate foot injury, a 20 percent rating is warranted for a moderately severe foot injury, and a 30 percent rating is warranted for a severe foot injury.

How can you test for flat feet? ›

To see if you have flat feet, check the inner sides of your feet while you're standing up. If you have flat feet, your feet will be flat on the ground. You do not have flat feet if the inside part of your foot is raised off the ground (this is called the arch).

How do you evaluate flat feet? ›

Do you have flat feet? If you are unsure, there is an easy test that you can take. Just wet your feet and then stand on a bathroom tile or concrete sidewalk, or any flat surface that will show your footprint. If you can see the shape of your whole foot rather than just a portion, then you have flat feet.

How do you get diagnosed with flat feet? ›

A podiatrist can usually diagnose flat feet by looking at your feet while standing. Among some of the visual tests used: The wet footprint test is performed by wetting the feet and standing on a smooth, level surface. The thicker the print between the heel and ball of the foot, the flatter the foot.

What are the 3 causes of plantar fasciitis? ›

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a number of factors, including type of shoes, foot structure, overuse and types of walking surfaces.

Does plantar fasciitis count as chronic pain? ›

Since most cases are chronic, and the pain appears gradually and begins to worse over time, see an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist when your quality of life begins to suffer despite taking time to rest, stretch and ice the area.

How many years can plantar fasciitis last? ›

How long does plantar fasciitis last? Plantar fasciitis can typically take anywhere from 3-12 months to get better. But how fast you heal depends on your level of activity and how consistently you're using at-home treatments. But again, if you're not feeling relief, don't wait to get care.

Is plantar fasciitis considered chronic pain? ›

With that being said, plantar fasciitis in its very nature is chronic because it is “long-developing.” However, it becomes acute when it flares up and causes sudden and severe pain.

Is plantar fasciitis common in military? ›

Plantar fasciitis – This is the most common form of heel pain among U.S. adults in general, and it's also very common in the military due to the added stress on your feet. Overstressed arches lead to irritation and tearing in the band of tissue that supports the bottom of your feet, usually right under the heel.

What does a 60% VA rating mean? ›

A 60% disability rating means that the veteran is 60% disabled according to calculations set by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Several factors impact this rating, including: Evidence given to the VA from a doctor. VA claim exam results.

What is severe flat feet called? ›

Flat feet (pes planus) refer to a change in foot shape in which the foot does not have a normal arch when standing.

What is associated with flat feet? ›

Flat feet tend to cause another condition called overpronation, which is when the ankles roll inward while you're walking. This can lead to foot and ankle pain. Because your feet are the basis of support for your entire body, having flat feet and overpronation can cause problems with your spinal alignment.

What is stage 3 plantar fasciitis? ›

Stage 3 is for those who have had plantar fasciitis for one year or longer, whose symptoms are severe and preventing them from work or recreation. It involves a surgical release of part of the insertion of the plantar fascia.

Does plantar fasciitis hurt every day? ›

You may also start to feel sharp pain during the first few steps after sitting even for short periods of time. You may even feel throbbing or stabbing pain during periods of rest. Therefore, in the absence of interventions to control or minimize Plantar Fasciitis, you may reach a point where you feel pain all day.

Is plantar fasciitis a degenerative condition? ›

Plantar fasciitis is the result of degenerative irritation of the plantar fascia origin at the medial calcaneal tuberosity of the heel as well as the surrounding perifascial structures.

What is the VA rating for both feet? ›

Veterans who have pronounced bilateral flat feet are rated at 50 percent. Veterans with pronounced unilateral (only one foot), are rated at 30 percent.

What is the VA disability rating for bilateral foot pain? ›

The Veteran is also service-connected for a bilateral foot injury. Under DC 5284, a 10 percent rating is warranted for a moderate foot injury, a 20 percent rating is warranted for a moderately severe foot injury, and a 30 percent rating is warranted for a severe foot injury.

Can you combine VA disability ratings? ›

If VA finds that a Veteran has multiple disabilities, VA uses the Combined Ratings Table below to calculate a combined disability rating. Disability ratings are not additive, meaning that if a Veteran has one disability rated 60% and a second disability 20%, the combined rating is not 80%.

What is a bilateral factor for VA disability rating? ›

The bilateral factor (extra 10% added to combined disability rating) applies when a veteran has disabilities on paired limbs and/or paired skeletal muscles. The disability ratings for paired legs, arms, and skeletal muscles get calculated in their order of severity, resulting in one combined disability rating.

Do you get VA disability for each foot? ›

The VA awards disability compensation for each Foot condition that is service-connected. The DoD will also rate service-connected conditions as long as they also make the service member Unfit for Duty. For Reservists, the condition must have occurred in or resulted from an injury in the Line of Duty to qualify.

What is the average VA rating for ankle? ›

Diagnostic Code 5262 provides schedular ratings for impairment of the tibia and fibula; a slight ankle disability warrants a 10 percent rating; a moderate ankle disability warrants a 20 percent rating; and a marked ankle disability warrants a 30 percent rating.

How to go from 70 to 100 VA disability? ›

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What will 2023 VA disability rates be? ›

How Much Are 2023 Monthly VA Disability Payments?
  • $165.92 per month for 10% disability.
  • $327.99 per month for 20% disability.
  • $508.05 per month for 30% disability.
  • $731.86 per month for 40% disability.
  • $1,041.82 per month for 50% disability.
  • $1,319.65 per month for 60% disability.
  • $1,663.06 per month for 70% disability.
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How to go from 80 to 100 VA disability? ›

All you need to do to seek an increase in your VA disability rating is to request the VA review your rating and provide evidence that your condition is worsening.

What is the highest VA disability rating for ankle pain? ›

Limitation of motion of an ankle is rated under Diagnostic Code 5271. The veteran is currently rated as 10 percent disabling for each ankle disability. Such a rating is warranted for moderate limited motion. The highest rating available under this Code is 20 percent for marked limited motion.

How do I maximize my VA disability rating? ›

You can file a claim for increased disability compensation if you have a rated service-connected disability that's gotten worse. You'll need to submit up-to-date medical evidence that shows your disability has gotten worse. You can file an increased claim to request: An increase in your disability rating.


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