There are very specific guidelines that must be followed in order to qualify for diabetic shoes. These guidelines are set forth by Medicare.
1. You must have diabetes documented by your primary care physician (PCP) and that you are being treated under a comprehensive plan for diabetes. You must have seen your PCP within the past 6 months.
2. You must also have at least one of the following:
- a history of a past foot ulcer
- a partial or full amputation of part of your foot or lower extremity
- calluses or corns that could lead to an open sore or ulceration
- nerve damage in your feet with signs of corns or callus formation
- deformity of the foot or bony prominence (such as bunion, hammer toes, etc.)
- poor circulation
At Prairie Path Foot and Ankle, our doctors will perform a comprehensive diabetic foot exam to determine if you qualify. If you qualify, the doctor will write a prescription for shoes and inserts for you to take to a certified pedorthist in the area. (Which pedorthist you can go to may be determined by your insurance company.) If you are diabetic and you think that you may qualify for shoes, the first step is to make an appointment with us and following these guidelines, we can determine if you qualify for diabetic shoes and inserts. If you do, we will also work to help you obtain them so you can benefit from this service.