This post discusses Charcot Foot and disability benefits. If Charcot Arthropathy is affecting your ability to work, read on for how SSA will evaluate your disability claim.
Charcot foot is a deformity that arises from nerve damage (neuropathy) in the foot or ankle. Neuropathy is frequently associated with diabetes, but neuropathy can occur without diabetes as well. Neuropathy affects foot sensation which in turn increases the likelihood of injury. Via WebMD. In my clients with Charcot Foot, they usually have sustained a foot or ankle injury that refuses to heal.
Charcot Foot starts off as an inflammatory process at the injury site. There may or may not be pain due to loss of sensation from neuropathy. The affected bone can undergo destruction, subluxation, dislocation, and eventually deformity. “Rocker bottom” foot (midfoot collapse) is the most common deformity. Via American Diabetes Association.
Symptoms of Charcot foot begin as a warm, red, and swollen foot/ankle. Testing can include an x-ray or MRI. Treatment depends on what stage of Charcot Foot you are in (acute or chronic). Immobilization/protection, drug therapy and surgery are all treatment options. Via National Institutes of Health.
The Social Security Administration can evaluate a claim for disability based on Charcot foot in different ways. One possibility is Listing 1.02 Major Dysfunction of a joint (due to any cause); another possibility for those over the age of 50 is being found disabled on the Grids. Unfortunately, SSA no longer has a listing specifically for diabetes.
If you are unable to work due to Charcot foot, file a claim for disability benefits as soon as possible. The Bishop Law Firm represents clients in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Give us a call today for a free case evaluation!