Diabetic Shoes FAQ
A: From Wikipedia:
Diabetic shoes, sometimes referred to as extra depth, therapeutic shoes, are specially designed shoes and shoe inserts, intended to reduce the risk of skin breakdown in diabetics with co-existing foot disease.
People with diabetic neuropathy in their feet may have a false sense of security as to how much at risk their feet actually are. An ulcer under the foot can develop in a couple of hours.
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.
The diabetic shoes and inserts work together as a preventative system to help diabetics avoid foot injuries and improve mobility.
A: Medicare will pay for one pair of Diabetic Shoes per year and three pairs of inserts per year.
A: ** Podiatrists cannot write prescriptions for Diabetic Shoes!! *** Prescription for diabetic shoes needs to be written by your primary care physician or endocrinologist.
A: One needs to have a diabetes diagnosis in order to get diabetic shoes covered by your insurance.
Anyone can pay for the shoes out of pocket.
We carry shoes from narrow width to 4E widths.
A: Instructions are here below:
1. Get a prescription for the shoes from your doctor (not a Podiatrist but your regular doctor)
3. Look at our extensive shoe display and catalogs to pick the shoe you want. We carry sneakers, casual and dress shoes.
4. We will contact your insurance to verify coverage and get any additional documentation from your physician
5. We will order the shoes and call you when they are in.
6. Come and try the shoes and take them home with you!
We encourage you to try the shoes at the store to ensure proper fit and comfort.
A: Some do and others do not.
Please call your insurance company and ask.
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