Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) and Illinois Workers' Compensation
What is plantar fasciitis?The tissue on the bottom of your foot can be worn down over time, so the older you get the more likely you are to have this kind of pain. Another cause is excessive use. For example, if you walk significant distances without support, walk on uneven surfaces, or wear improper shoes for what you're doing. Plantar fasciitis also can be caused by obesity or diabetes.
When heel pain is caused by your jobIf your job requires you to walk an excessive amount, or walk across uneven surfaces, or wear shoes that cause problems, and you develop plantar fasciitis as a result, you should be able to get workers' compensation in Illinois. However, if the only cause of your heel pain is standing for a long period of time, your claim will probably be denied. It's been decided in Illinois that foot pain caused by standing all day is not enough to qualify you for workers' compensation. The law says that the act of standing for a long period of time is common for everyone and isn't unique to a job.
When heel pain is made worse by your jobIf you have plantar fasciitis, or any other injury for that matter, which existed separate from your job, it doesn't mean you don't have a workers' compensation claim. If your pain was aggravated or accelerated by your job, you may be eligible. For example, if you have diabetes and it has caused plantar fasciitis, but your job makes it worse, you should be covered. The law in Illinois says that pre-existing conditions that are made worse by your job are covered under workers' compensation.