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Flat Foot Syndrome, aka pes planus, or adult acquired flat foot syndrome

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Has this condition been adjudicated to be readily observable to a lay person?

If a condition is readily observable by a lay person, then does the law indicate that a medical diagnosis is not required when filing a claim for this condition?

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Hi 63Charlie The diagnostic code for pes planus is 5276. It says even if your feet are flat, it doesn't get a rating above 0% unless you still have pain after trying to correct the painful condition with inserts. You need a diagnosis, and that comes from a medical pro. A doc, aprn, pa, rn, etc. could provide it. My suggestion is go thru your steps. Ask your pcp for a referral to a foot doc. Get an eval and get them to diagnose; if it is pp, your in for that part of the triangle. If they recommend inserts (probably), and on follow up visit, if they still hurt, have them document it for your file. You now have a shot at a 10%. Note they don't assign 1o% for each foot separately, but if one is considerably worse, it appears you could get more than 10% on one foot and maybe just 10% 0n the other. Your opinion, not being a medical person, isn't going to help in the claim process.



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This is what I found:

Falzone v. Brown, No. 93-942 (Decided November 14, 1995 )
appellant’s pes planus is the type of condition that lends itself to observation by a lay witness.


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I see it, and it is hard to imagine but at the same time I doubt if the VA will let it fly. Are you going for a new disability claim, or for an appeal? If you have flat feet, I'd still do what I said before. It isn't difficult to accomplish and, more than likely not result in an initial denial, and have to appeal.

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