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Disability for tts

Posted by Robert on 12/17/02 at 02:00 (103370)

Would anyone have any idea how long it takes to recover from tts surgery? I have tried all the conservitive treatments with no success and am scheduled for my first surgery in 3 weeks. I injured both my feet when I fell from my roof last season hanging xmas lights. As you can imagine, it was not a very merry xmas.(LOL) I am curios how long I should anticipate being out of work. I work construction and am on my feet all day. I have been told everything from 4 weeks to 2 years. I have also been told that if the surgerys dont help, I would probably have to consider some form of disability. I did not think that tts could qualify me as being disabled. Can anyone relate to this, or have any helpful advice for me? Is tts a condition that renders some people disabled?

Thanks everyone and Happy Holidays

Re: Disability for tts

Sharon W on 12/17/02 at 07:10 (103376)

4 weeks to 2 years is just about right! Although, I would guess the minimum is at least 8 weeks, to be able to safely go back to construction work.

Yes, TTS does render some people disabled.

Please see my responses to Leslie, not immediately below this one but lower on the page. In the first one I discussed my own TTS surgery and describe (in considerable detail) what my experiences in the days and weeks and months afterward. IN the second one I explained what it was like afterward and what you should know before having surgery.

Good luck to you!

Sharon

Re: Disability for tts

Pam B on 12/17/02 at 13:49 (103414)

I myself just scheduled a phone appt for SS disability.....they will call and take my application over the phone.....from what I understand, they take all of your medical issues into consideration.....I have been told most claims are denied at least once if not more.....if the claim is denied, then I have been advised to seek a consultation with an attorney.....seems your chances are better with a lawyer.....the lawyer wont get any money if he dont get you any.....so I figure I have nothing to lose since I have been out of work now for over a year....I tried to go back but I cant do it and had to quit....if I were you, I would apply as soon as possible because there is some kind of statue of limitation on filing the claim....and I know it takes a long time to get through the system.....I do not have TTS but have been diagnosed with RSD now....had foot surgery about a year ago for PF and heel spur excision....did have some relief but when I started moving around alot it got worse and the pain spread....but I know I have heard of people with TTS that did get disabilty through SS........good luck to you, and I hope you feel better soon.....

Re: Disability for tts

Ed Davis, DPM on 12/17/02 at 19:35 (103434)

TTS, adequately documented, can qualify one for disability. There are docs who do a lot of impairment evaluations. Attorneys who specialize in disability law can often provide a referral.
Ed

Re: Disability for tts

BrianG on 12/17/02 at 21:33 (103444)

As someone who went through the SSD system for PF, I'd advise you to keep your doctor 100% updated on how the injury and pain are effecting your life. If you have depression, get treated for it. You'll have a better chance of being accepted if you have multiple ailments. Ensure that your doctor will testify that you injury will keep you out of work for the next year. You have five years to apply, after the injury / illness begins.

Good luck
BrianG

PS: There are some good books available that will help you through the SSD process. I myself bought one, to make sure I didn't make any mistakes that would disqualify me.

Re: Disability for tts

carynz on 12/18/02 at 15:12 (103497)

hi Robert

I would definitely check into the disability benefits. I don't know if you live in USA or Canada, but I live in BC and have been almost 2 yrs now with this foot problem. I have not worked since Dec 21/01 and in June I decided to fill in all the gazillion forms that Canada Pension Plan has to offer - it's a 4 month process so I figured by the fall I would hear something from them. In October they sent me a letter saying they could offer me extended medical benefits but to qualify for permanent disability benefits required more information which I quickly put together with lots of info from this website and other specialists I have seen. It is very important to have detailed documentation from each doctor/specialist you see for your medical concerns of your feet and in my case, the words 'severe' and 'prolonged' are the key words the medical examiners are looking for. I have now been fully approved and at least have a portion of my working income coming to me on a monthly basis. So to recap...

never say never is my motto in this world.
have all your ducks in a row and more information than you/they will ever need to see that you cannot have gainful employment as a result of this problem with your feet
keep copies of everything and make sure the doctors copy you on each letter they send out to other doctors on your behalf.

Good luck with the process it's a long one but worth your peace of mind in the end.

Merry Christmas to you!

cheers Carynz

Re: Disability for tts

cindyp on 12/20/02 at 21:54 (103674)

Well weighing in because it's been awhile since I have been here. I had a recovery of around 6-8 months to feel really good. Right now I feel pretty decent (except today) because there was so much cold damp rain and my ankle aches. But most times it's good. BE SURE to get a good foot and ankle reconstructive surgeon as this is a complicated and yet delicate procedure because of the nerves involved. Good luck to ya.

Re: Disability for tts

Sharon W on 12/17/02 at 07:10 (103376)

4 weeks to 2 years is just about right! Although, I would guess the minimum is at least 8 weeks, to be able to safely go back to construction work.

Yes, TTS does render some people disabled.

Please see my responses to Leslie, not immediately below this one but lower on the page. In the first one I discussed my own TTS surgery and describe (in considerable detail) what my experiences in the days and weeks and months afterward. IN the second one I explained what it was like afterward and what you should know before having surgery.

Good luck to you!

Sharon

Re: Disability for tts

Pam B on 12/17/02 at 13:49 (103414)

I myself just scheduled a phone appt for SS disability.....they will call and take my application over the phone.....from what I understand, they take all of your medical issues into consideration.....I have been told most claims are denied at least once if not more.....if the claim is denied, then I have been advised to seek a consultation with an attorney.....seems your chances are better with a lawyer.....the lawyer wont get any money if he dont get you any.....so I figure I have nothing to lose since I have been out of work now for over a year....I tried to go back but I cant do it and had to quit....if I were you, I would apply as soon as possible because there is some kind of statue of limitation on filing the claim....and I know it takes a long time to get through the system.....I do not have TTS but have been diagnosed with RSD now....had foot surgery about a year ago for PF and heel spur excision....did have some relief but when I started moving around alot it got worse and the pain spread....but I know I have heard of people with TTS that did get disabilty through SS........good luck to you, and I hope you feel better soon.....

Re: Disability for tts

Ed Davis, DPM on 12/17/02 at 19:35 (103434)

TTS, adequately documented, can qualify one for disability. There are docs who do a lot of impairment evaluations. Attorneys who specialize in disability law can often provide a referral.
Ed

Re: Disability for tts

BrianG on 12/17/02 at 21:33 (103444)

As someone who went through the SSD system for PF, I'd advise you to keep your doctor 100% updated on how the injury and pain are effecting your life. If you have depression, get treated for it. You'll have a better chance of being accepted if you have multiple ailments. Ensure that your doctor will testify that you injury will keep you out of work for the next year. You have five years to apply, after the injury / illness begins.

Good luck
BrianG

PS: There are some good books available that will help you through the SSD process. I myself bought one, to make sure I didn't make any mistakes that would disqualify me.

Re: Disability for tts

carynz on 12/18/02 at 15:12 (103497)

hi Robert

I would definitely check into the disability benefits. I don't know if you live in USA or Canada, but I live in BC and have been almost 2 yrs now with this foot problem. I have not worked since Dec 21/01 and in June I decided to fill in all the gazillion forms that Canada Pension Plan has to offer - it's a 4 month process so I figured by the fall I would hear something from them. In October they sent me a letter saying they could offer me extended medical benefits but to qualify for permanent disability benefits required more information which I quickly put together with lots of info from this website and other specialists I have seen. It is very important to have detailed documentation from each doctor/specialist you see for your medical concerns of your feet and in my case, the words 'severe' and 'prolonged' are the key words the medical examiners are looking for. I have now been fully approved and at least have a portion of my working income coming to me on a monthly basis. So to recap...

never say never is my motto in this world.
have all your ducks in a row and more information than you/they will ever need to see that you cannot have gainful employment as a result of this problem with your feet
keep copies of everything and make sure the doctors copy you on each letter they send out to other doctors on your behalf.

Good luck with the process it's a long one but worth your peace of mind in the end.

Merry Christmas to you!

cheers Carynz

Re: Disability for tts

cindyp on 12/20/02 at 21:54 (103674)

Well weighing in because it's been awhile since I have been here. I had a recovery of around 6-8 months to feel really good. Right now I feel pretty decent (except today) because there was so much cold damp rain and my ankle aches. But most times it's good. BE SURE to get a good foot and ankle reconstructive surgeon as this is a complicated and yet delicate procedure because of the nerves involved. Good luck to ya.