The Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill is available to diabetic Medicare patients, allowing them to get specialized shoes and orthotics. In addition, MOST COMMERCIAL carriers also cover diabetic shoes and inserts.
Therapeutic shoes are made to accept custom-fitted diabetic insoles and promote a normal gait. The shoes are designed to be light and to minimize loosening (to remain securely on the foot).
Diabetics are more likely to have major foot problems, and uncontrolled foot problems are the leading cause of hospitalization. Diabetics will develop foot problems in about 25% of cases..
Improper footwear can cause sores or ulcers, which can lead to infection and amputation. Diabetic shoes with moldable insoles have been demonstrated to decrease the likelihood of sores and ulcers.
Early prevention is the most effective method to avoid future difficulties, therefore therapeutic shoes and insoles are a good start.
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Achilles Foot and Ankle Center’s doctors are here to assist you with your diabetic foot care requirements. Regular check-ups and the availability of diabetic shoes and inserts are important parts of your diabetic foot therapy, and we are committed to preventing the need for amputations.
Medicare and commercial insurance plans reimburse 80 percent of the cost of one pair of shoes and three pairs of inserts per year. Secondary insurance may cover the remaining costs totally.