Living with diabetes blog

Therapeutic shoes for diabetes: Medicare coverage?

By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N. and Peggy Moreland, R.N. October 7, 2011

This blog is the second in a three-part series in which we discuss Medicare coverage for diabetes supplies.

Foot care is an important part of diabetes care. Medicare Part B covers foot exams every 6 months if you already have peripheral neuropathy — loss of protective feeling in your feet — as long as you haven't seen a foot care professional for another reason between visits.

Medicare Part B also covers therapeutic shoes or inserts if you have diabetes and have severe diabetic foot disease. For this to be covered, the doctor who treats your diabetes must certify your need for therapeutic shoes or inserts. And the shoes and inserts must be prescribed by a podiatrist or other qualified doctor and provided by a podiatrist, orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist.

For these supplies and services, you pay 20 percent of the Medicare approved amount after the yearly Part B deductible.

As with any government program, you may encounter some red tape or regulations with Medicare. But with persistence and a little knowledge, you can benefit from the available services that Medicare provides. Your feet deserve it. They are your foundation.

Next time, we'll discuss whether and when Medicare covers insulin pumps.



Oct. 07, 2011