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Good day Good people of Hadit:
I recently reviewed my medical records from MEPS and discovered I was documented to having mild pes planus as a pre-service condition. With all of the lower extremity issues I have had throughout my service (and continue to have), none of my in-service records beyond MEPS indicated I had flat feet. Recently, I was diagnosed with severe flat feet by my physical therapist during my initial evaluation. I was also told from my podiatrist that I have moderately severe flat feet and plantar fasciitis in my left foot which that got me looking into claiming this disability with the VA in the first place. I am currently service connected with Right Ankle Achilles tendonitis and bursitis 10%, Left knee injury postoperative residuals 10%, and Left Knee meniscal tear with ACL tear 10% for my lower extremities. Other issues I do have is weakness in my thigh muscle from the ACL surgery that has not healed or developed properly, continued pain in both feet, bilateral knee aches, and back spasms (all in which I have been to the doctor and referred to attend physical therapy sessions). If I have this pre-existing condition recorded from MEPs and it is worst now than it was when I entered the service, can I claim it. Also, how would it effect the other lower extremities I am currently service connected for? Will it lower, increase, or not effect them. I want to make a wise claim, and not something that will complicate it even more. Any thoughts, guidance, or experience with favorable or unfavorable results? Thanks.