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I am not even sure yet what my question is?
I had ingrown toenails on great toe bilateral chronic in service. Aggravated by weight control program policy (I was on 3 years, 8 months, 29 days) of running in combat boots, and last ditch effort of adding speed (amphetamines USAF strength). I did a lot of running from basic till the end, a lot more than I had not been on that program.
After multiple inservice removals of nails (complete). USAF hospital at Tyndall removed nails and cauterized the ‘matrix’ the ‘roots, or bed’ of the nails where the nail grows from. The idea was my nails would not grow back? Bad idea….
An Airman First Class was assigned the task.
Result: My nails grew back. Except neither one the same, and neither as original stock equipment.
I have 3 nails remnants on one toe, I have one nail that grows 90 degrees to the horizontal flat plane of the top of my toe. This causes repeated open wounds? breaks in skin? over scar tissue? They are a nightmare to trim, as they are deformed and multiples times as thick as originals. Varying degrees of pain during the time span between trimming, and great pain, open wounds and blood every time trimming is necessary. I can no longer trim them myself as my tremor isn’t part time much of the time.
This has limited my choice of footwear over the years, as hard shoes don’t feel that great with a toenail growing straight up. Probably affected my gait, posture, etc. (never thought about it that way) until now that i have arthritis in my knees, just had an xray of my right knee, no obvious trauma to knee, just arthritis from oral report (request in for written and image). I do know that my running days were over when I left the service.
I am starting to build my claim. I am using VLB template along with my other research into everything…..and I still am stumped as to how to treat this one.
I have read a lot of denials for ingrown toenails on the web, and only one instance period of anyone having this cauterization done.
I though I would use this injury as first question about go about the claim process as it seems to be multiple routes.
Would this be pyramiding if I also have peripheral nephropathy?
I am going to have a lot of doctors visits ahead if I need doctors to diagnose everything that isn’t documented (I know the answer to this one).
Where does this injury fit into the claims types?
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Question: I am not even sure yet what my question is? Situation: I had ingrown toenails on great toe bilateral chronic in service. Aggravated by weight control program policy (I was on 3 years, 8 months, 29 days) of running in combat boots, and last ditch effort of adding speed (amphetamines USAF...