What Does Diabetes Have To Do With Shoes?
One of the most common complications of diabetes is neuropathy, a loss of feeling that puts diabetic seniors like you at risk for skin breakdown, foot ulceration, and infection. Every week, more than 1,500 Americans have anywhere from a portion of their foot to an entire leg amputated because of complications related to diabetes. For people with diabetes, wearing ill-fitting or improper shoes is the most common cause for developing problems that lead to amputation. Proper fitting, comfortable, easy-to-wear shoes are your best protection from amputation and other foot problems.
How Can I Protect My Feet?
To provide your feet with an uncompromised fit, your doctor can prescribe shoes that are available in a variety of widths and have enough room for a cushioned insert. If a significant deformity exists, custom-molded shoes, made from molds taken of your feet, may be necessary.
How Do I Get Fitted For Shoes?
The foot care specialists at TruArch use great care to evaluate and measure your feet and they have sample shoes and catalogs to make it easy for you to see the variety of shoe styles available.
How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?
To be eligible for the Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program, you must:
- Have Medicare as your primary insurance.
- Be under a physician’s care for your diabetes.
- Have at least one of several common risk factors associated with diabetes.
- Ask your physician if you’re eligible.
How Much Do Therapeutic Shoes Cost?
Sometimes there is NO cost if you have Medicare and a secondary insurance policy. However, if you do not carry insurance or your policy does not cover these shoes, you may have to cover approximately 20% of the cost.
Will My Shoes Be Covered If I Have Medicare Through A Managed Care Plan?
Therapeutic shoes and inserts are included in all health care plans for seniors with diabetes who meet the criteria. Generally, in addition to a prescription from your doctor, authorization from your managed care plan is necessary for full coverage.
What Coverage Is Provided If I Have Both Medicare and Medicaid?
There is no cost to you.
If I Have Diabetes, But Am Not Covered By Medicare, Will My Health Plan Cover Therapeutic Shoes?
Health plans differ and it is important to confirm that the therapeutic shoes are a covered benefit. However, the risk of ulceration and infection is no less important just because shoes are not a covered benefit. Don’t take any unnecessary risks! If you’re unsure about your eligibility, contact your health insurer immediately!
Where Can I Get More Information?
Feel free to contact TruArch toll free at 866-878-2724 or stop by our office located at:
2307 S.3rd St., Terre Haute, IN 47802