In post-quantum signature schemes that are (to put it simply) built out of merkle trees, they usually employ some sort of OTS scheme on the very bottom leaves. I.e WOTS Winternitz scheme.
A relatively simple scheme such as Merkle is making a bunch of Lamport/WOTS keys and putting them on a merkle tree.
Is it possible to instead put the WOTS scheme itself on a tree, where each leaf represents a byte value, and where each leaf is a simple chain of 1 hash?
By tripling the computation required to make a single use WOTS key, it becomes a potentially finite use key, and you don't have the problem of being able hash forward that is usually resolved with checksums.
Are there some obvious security downsides to doing this?