Visitor Question

Is Plantar Faschiitis a Work Related Injury?

Submitted By: Najib (Cambridge, MA USA)

I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis that was caused by excessive walking and standing on my job. The insurance company denied my claim stating that there is no relationship between the work and my injury.

My question is, could plantar fasciitis be a work related injury? What can I do about getting compensation or assistance with this? Thank you!

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Answer

Dear Najib,

Plantar Fasciitis is described as an “aggravating and irritating inflammation of the thick tissue around the heel and sole of the foot”. Most doctors don’t consider people with plantar fasciitis to be disabled. The common medical consensus seems to be that plantar fasciitis is not a disabling injury, but rather a treatable one.

By now you have probably seen a podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon, or other doctor. Maybe you have seen them all. Although we looked, we were unable to find any recent Personal Injury or Workmans Compensation lawsuits involving Plantar Fasciitis.

All we can suggest is that you continue to seek the many forms of treatment available. Some of those are…

Rest and stay off your feet whenever possible. Rest may be the most obvious treatment, but it may also be the best.

Proper footwear can also be very helpful. More and more people are deciding to use supporting implants in their shoes. Others are purchasing footwear specifically designed to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with the condition.

Regrettably legal action doesn’t seem to be an option at this time. It is unlikely any capable personal injury attorney would accept such a case, but you should always get their opinion.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: August 31, 2011

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One thought on “Is Plantar Faschiitis a Work Related Injury?

  1. I have it so bad I can hardly finish my day of work without crying. I scrub floors at large warehouse stores and don’t know what to do. I have two kids and need to work.

    The doctors say stay off of my feet for a while but we will not have any money if I don’t work, not to mention I’ll lose my job. I live in PA and I’m not sure if workers comp will help.

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