Medicare Does Cover Diabetic Shoes If You Need Them

If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes, then you know that one of their main concerns is the condition of their feet. A diabetic’s foot is prone to foot pains and has a much higher risk of cuts and bruises. This is why many doctors recommend a yearly foot exam to their patients. It may be necessary to get them checked out more than once a year if your feet are continually bothering you. One thing your doctor may do is prescribe you a pair of diabetic shoes. These shoes have proven themselves time and time again to help relieve discomfort and reduce the chance of more serious problems arising in the near future.

This discomfort that many diabetics tend to feel in their feet is caused by either poor circulation or nerve damage. Diabetic shoes will literally ease your pain and make your life more enjoyable.

Let me explain how this is possible. Diabetic shoes are specially designed with comfort and function in mind. Typically they have extra room around the toes and the foot in general which makes them extra comfortable. The extra space not only makes it comfortable but helps prevent ulcers by allowing any dampness to dry faster, and reducing friction between the shoe and your foot. The soles are usually custom made with rubbery spikes. These rubbery spikes will massage your feet with every step you take. By massaging your feet throughout the day, they help increase blood circulation in the foot keeping it at peak levels.

Unfortunately there’s a slight problem with diabetic shoes. These types of shoes aren’t usually found in your local department store. Specialized diabetic shoes are usually only available by prescription. If you are a diabetic, then it would be wise for you to go talk to your podiatrist. They can tell you what type of shoe would be best for your condition. The severity of your diabetes will help immensely in determining which shoe best fits your needs. Believe it or not your Podiatrist can write you a prescription for shoes.

If you just happen to be on medicare then you can receive a pair of shoes for free. Diabetics on Medicare are allowed one free pair of shoes every year. This is great for anyone living on a budget. Many people don’t realize that this service is even out there. You may also want to check with your insurance companies, many will cover the cost of these shoes as well.

Doctors commonly recommend a pair of diabetic shoes before you even start experiencing foot pains or discomfort. The massaging provided by theses shoes is an excellent way to prevent future foot problems. Unfortunately, Medicare generally will only cover the cost once you are already experiencing foot problems.

However, if you have diabetes, it is completely worth your time and money to put in the extra effort to buy and wear these shoes on a daily basis. Common sense always tells us it’s better to prevent future problems than to try and fix them when they arise, even if Medicare does not cover the cost.