Therapeutic Shoes are specially designed to reduce the risk of skin breakdown in existing foot disease.
The primary goal of therapeutic footwear is to prevent complications, which can include strain, ulcers, calluses, or even amputations for patients with diabetes and poor circulation. Neuropathy can also change the shape of a person's feet, which limits the range of shoes that can be worn comfortably. In addition to meeting strict guidelines, diabetic shoes must be prescribed by a physician and fit by a qualified individual, such as an pedorthist. The shoes must also be equipped with a removable orthotic. Foot orthotics are devices such as shoe inserts, arch supports, or shoe fillers such as lifts, wedges and heels. The diabetic shoes and custom-molded inserts work together as a preventative system to help diabetics avoid foot injuries and improve mobility.
HOW DOES MEDICARE COVER THERAPEUTIC SHOES?
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 will cover shoe modifications instead of inserts.
Who's eligible? All people with Part B who have diabetes and severe diabetic foot disease are covered. Your doctor must certify that you need therapeutic shoes or inserts.
Comfort shoes are designed to alleviate the symptoms of most foot comfort problems, such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, metatarsalgia.
Comfort footwear with two removable insoles to accommodate added depth or double added depth in one shoe.
Therapeutic footwear designed with double the added depth of a traditional shoe and with a removable and replacable insole Insert custom orthotics or replace for longer shoe life. Ideal for extreme foot conditions.