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  1. I have issues with my knees, but only service records showing the bunion I got while in along with foot pains. I recently put in a claim for my knees but the way the c&p doctor acted around me makes me think that it is going to be denied. I did not have any service records showing issues with my knees. My examine during processing when I went in shows that I had moderate pes planus that was asymptomatic. I did not have any bunions. I went in when I was 17, and was out before I turned 21. My wife, and others have said that my knee issues has to be due to my horrible gait, and over pronation. The bunion I have on one foot would constantly bleed from all the road marches, and fun boot PT. I got it checked out while I was in, but was told I would need to re-up to get it operated on due to not having >6 months left. I have service records showing my bunion was at 45 degrees . I would say my feet are more of the severe category now. This past C&p exam has made me think now that I have to have lots of records showing feet issues to even attempt to make a claim. I haven't tried any treatment for my feet since leaving the service, because my knees have been the only issues. I plan on waiting for my knee denial before filing this claim if I do. Does anyone have any experience similar to this? I have researched the heck out of this, because I thought if it showed my feet were "moderate" flat feet when I went in then why try to claim flat feet. I have seen cases where people had this and won their appeal due to the examine said their feet were asymptomatic, and not causing pain before. Is it worth it to get an attorney to help show the relationship between feet, and knees if its possible? Thanks for any help.
  2. Hey all, just found out something very interesting regarding bunions. I know a few of us on here posted about bunions, and I thought this would be the quickest way to get this out. I recently was DXd by my PCP with a bunion on R foot. X-rays confirmed this finding. So then I scheduled an appointment with my local VAMC Podiatry clinic. That was Tuesday the 13th, a few days ago. Podiatrist was very nonchalant and laid back, while looking at my feet. Lots of hmming and uh huh..ing to himself while looking. He said it looks like a bunion, but will need x-rays to confirm. I says, just had some done a few weeks ago. He says; they will need to be standing weighted. Lo and behold, yep, standing x-ray. He says good. Then using his computer he made direct lines with an anchor point to get the angle of departure(such as it is) to show how much the bunion has changed my foot. He said anything less than 15 degrees of angle is usually treated with custom orthotics and looser shoes. I already have VA custom orthotics, have had for years. My angle of departure is 23 degrees. He said that all they can do for that, now, is surgery. Now...here is the real meat of this post....he said that medical studies have shown, and the VA stands by it, bunions are an inherited condition! The medical study showed that shoe type has less effect to cause bunions than previously thought. The study covered native people groups in regions not known for wearing shoes, where people are barefoot all the time. And the study showed the same frequency rate of bunions among the bare foot as among the shoe wearing folks. So...if you have issues with Bunion claims....perhaps this will give ya'll some insight on how to change your attack. For me, that means I will file my bunion claim as secondary to my feet due to aggravation caused by my SC pes cavus bilateral w/plantar fasciitis. Since the VA identifies secondary conditions as caused by or aggravated by existing service connected disabilities.
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