Each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, ligaments. This means that a lot can go wrong with your feet. Also, if your ankle is involved, this may be analyzed under foot disorders. If you are 50 years and older with a serious foot disorder, you will need to show that you are limited to sedentary work in order to present a strong case to the Social Security Administration. If you are under 50 years of age, it will be much more difficult to present a strong case to the Social Security Administration based on a foot disorder.
Social Security Administration will focus on your ability to walk and how far you could walk without a cane or other assistive device. The ability to use your feet to operate foot controls may also be an issue. It is important to submit photographs to the Social Security Administration showing the medical problem. Reports from podiatrist are extremely valuable in proving your case. One main issue that the Social Security Administration will focus on is:
|The inability to walk a block at a reasonable pace on rough or uneven surface, inability to walk enough to shop or bank, or inability to climb a few steps at a reasonable pace with the use of a single handrail.|
Other important issues the Social Security Administration will focus on are the amount of time you can stand and whether you need to elevate your legs during an eight hour workday. Common foot disorders include: bunions, plantar fasciitis, and morton’s neuroma.