How To Get Diabetic Footwear For Little To No Cost
by Michael L. Ashley, C Ped, and Carolyn Jenkins
Diabetic shoes have come a long way. Those clunky ugly brogans are still out there if you want them, but they’ve taken a back seat. They’ve been replaced with stylish shoes that the average person can’t distinguish as being diabetic footwear. That’s good news by itself, but we have even better news. Diabetic patients can get these shoes, and three inserts for little to no cost every year. Every year, a new pair of diabetic shoes and three inserts! Do you know someone with diabetes? When is the last time they had ga brand new pair of shoes made especially for their feet? If it’s been more than a year, they’re overdue.
Board Certified Pedorthist, Michael L. Ashley specializes in diabetic footwear. Below are his tips that all diabetic patients can use. You can also hear additional tips from Michael about the importance of wearing proper shoes and the value of diabetic footwear on the two-part Anchor podcast #WassupWithMyFeetWednesday below.
Let’s talk Therapeutic shoes or inserts
How often are they covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers the furnishing and fitting of either one pair of custom-molded shoes and inserts, or one pair of extra-depth shoes each calendar year. Medicare also covers 2 additional pairs of inserts each calendar year for custom-molded shoes and 3 pairs of inserts each calendar year for extra-depth shoes. Medicare or other insurances will cover shoe modifications instead of inserts.
Anyone with Part B who has diabetes and severe diabetic foot disease is covered. Many private insurance companies cover this as well. Your PCP must certify that you need therapeutic shoes & inserts. A podiatrist or other qualified doctor must prescribe these items and they must be provided by one these:
A podiatrist- foot doctor
An orthopedist- someone who designs medical supportive devices and fits patients for them.
A prosthetist- someone who designs medical supportive devices and fits patients for them.
A pedorthist – someone who creates and modifies shoewear to ease foot conditions.
Other qualified individual
TSB eligibility criteria
Complete or partial amputation of the foot
History of previous foot ulceration
History of pre-ulcerative calluses
Peripheral neuropathy with evidence of callus formation
More questions or more information, contact Michael at mlacped.weebly.com .
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