Every 1.2 seconds someone with diabetes develops a diabetic foot ulcer. This can lead to tissue death, amputation, sepsis, and death.
Having special diabetic shoes contribute to healthy feet. They decrease pressure points and blisters. Diabetic Shoes are considered durable medical equipment (DME) and require a prescription from your provider.
You can call your insurance provider and ask about your benefits for diabetic shoes. Alternatively, our patient care coordinator Beata can help you out with a complimentary benefits check. Private Insurance and Medicare have provisions to pay for DME which our Clifton podiatry office is authorized to dispense. Talk with your insurance provider to determine how much they cover for diabetic shoes.
How can you determine if you qualify for coverage of your diabetic shoes through Medicare? Read on below.
Why should I worry about my feet if I have diabetes?
High blood sugar in the bloodstream causes the lining of ALL blood vessels to become cracked like a dry riverbed. Fats in the blood, like cholesterol, stick in those cracks and then build up. This causes blockage of blood flow.
Diabetes also affects nerve function. This can result in decreased sensation in parts of the body.
The feet are of great concern. They bear the weight of the whole body which presses on blood vessels. It can be difficult to check your feet for sores.
If you develop a blister, scrape, cut, or get something in your foot, you may not know if you lack normal sensation. Potential decreased blood flow to the feet slows healing. This may result in severe infection, death of tissue, and may lead to amputations.
By following this list about foot care, you can decrease your chance of problems:
Foot care can be a matter of life or death for a person with diabetes.
All shoes are not created equal. To qualify as a diabetic shoe, certain standards must be met:
Custom orthotics have many purposes. They can relieve pressure points on your feet that could become sores.
Each calendar year, Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers either:
Medicare also covers shoe modifications in place of inserts.
What you need to know about Medicare payment:
You must make sure that Medicare covers the services requested before ordering shoes. If they do not, you must pay the entire bill.
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