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Loss of Use for the Foot


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To be eligible for SMC K for loss of use for my foot, does it need to be completely unusable? I got an increase in my flat feet from 10% to 30% today, I believe the reason is (have not received the BBE yet) is because both feet are numb from my ankles to my toes.  Not I can still walk but do have challenges when putting on pants because I can't feel my feet unless it is a hard touch (they have done pin test on my feet and I have no idea where they are sticking it). It's also challenging when I dry off with a towel and need to balance myself on one foot. I am just not sure if that qualifies as loss of use. 

Honestly my biggest concern is they will become so numb I wouldn't be able to drive since I won't know how hard or soft  to push the gas or breaks.

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I am there with you Paul.  I do not have feeling in my feet and my civilian doctor told me he would prescribe me hand controls if it gets to where I cannot drive.  I do not want to go through that but if necessary I will do it.  I still do not believe we can get SMC K for this but it is an interesting thought.  They can only deny you once. 

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3 minutes ago, vetquest said:

I still do not believe we can get SMC K for this but it is an interesting thought.  They can only deny you once. 

I am of the same thought that we would not be eligible for SMC K. I guess I am not sure what percentage of loss is considered loss of use? I agree with you about only being denied once. I should have asked the doctor when he did my C&P what percentage of loss of use did he feel I had (if any). 

I hope I don't need to get the hand controls but we do have to do what is necessary. But if it ever got to that point then I do believe we would qualify for loss of use.

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I know I had a friend from Iraq who got Cute fever and loss the use of his arm and big toe.  I believe they got him an adaptive vehicle so he could still drive.  I believe they covered it all.  

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55 minutes ago, shrekthetank1 said:

friend from Iraq who got Cute fever and loss the use of his arm and big toe. 

Did he also get an SMC K? I am not sure if you can get rated for your arm or big toe and also get SMC K.

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