Question: Can I get Social Security disability for a foot problem?
Answer: Yes, it is possible to get Social Security disability for a foot problem. It’s much less difficult to get Social Security disability for a foot problem if you’re 50 or older.
Social Security makes it less difficult for those 50 or older to get disability benefits generally. A foot problem that limits one to sedentary work qualifies most people to Social Security disability if they are 50 or older and they have not performed sedentary work in the last 15 years.
It’s more difficult to get on Social Security disability benefits for a foot problem if you’re under 50 but not impossible. Let me give you a couple of examples.
- Example 1: Social Security claimant is 38 years of age. He was working in a garage helping to remove an engine from a car when something slipped and the engine fell on one of his feet, breaking several bones and generally crushing the foot. Crush injuries are often worse than fractures. He undergoes a series of operations, including skin transplants, multiple debridements of dead tissue, pinning of fractures, etc. This series of operations lasts for more than a year. The claimant should qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
- Example 2: Claimant suffers a fall from a considerable height and lands on his feet. Both of his heels are crushed. Heel fractures never heal, not just for this claimant, but for anyone. As a result of the heel fractures, the claimant can barely walk at all and has a lot of pain. The claimant has a good claim for Social Security disability benefits
You will notice that the examples I have given concern pretty extreme injuries. Don’t get too discouraged if your injuries aren’t that bad. I was looking for examples of cases where it is pretty clear that the claimant would win despite being under 50. Claimants with lesser foot problems can also win, especially if they have health problems apart from their feet. That is often the case.