Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Job Classification

In most duration tables, five job classifications are displayed. These job classifications are based on the amount of physical effort required to perform the work. The classifications correspond to the Strength Factor classifications described in the United States Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The following definitions are quoted directly from that publication.

Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome


Related Terms

  • Neuropathy of Distal Tibial Nerve
  • Tibial Neuropathy at the Ankle

Differential Diagnosis

  • Amyloid neuropathy
  • Charcot disease
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathies
  • Lumbar disc disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy (paralysis)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Posterior tibialis dysfunction
  • Reactive arthritis (previously called Reiter's syndrome)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stress fractures

Specialists

  • Neurologist
  • Orthopedic (Orthopaedic) Surgeon
  • Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist)
  • Physical Therapist
  • Podiatrist

Comorbid Conditions

Factors Influencing Duration

Factors influencing the length of disability include the individual's general health and fitness, mental and emotional stability, access to rehabilitation facilities, compliance with recommended treatment, and response to medical or surgical treatment. Individuals whose jobs require them to use their foot in repetitive pedaling movements or to be on their feet for long periods of time and who cannot be retrained for other positions may be permanently disabled.

Medical Codes

ICD-9-CM:
355.5 - Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Ability to Work (Return to Work Considerations)

Individuals with tarsal tunnel syndrome may need to avoid being on their feet for long periods of time until their symptoms diminish or go away. Individuals who have had surgery will typically avoid weight bearing for 3 weeks, followed by a gradual and progressive return to weight bearing. Individuals operating machines requiring repetitive pedaling may need to be reassigned to another position temporarily, if not permanently. Those who experience permanent nerve damage or chronic pain in their feet and whose jobs require them to be on their feet for long periods of time may need to be reassigned to jobs that permit them to sit.

Source: Medical Disability Advisor






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