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. Then, she will work with our staff to make sure the prescription for the shoe and inserts, size, and modifications are correct for your foot type. We will be in touch with your PCP to make sure that all the documentation is in order and your PCP can certify that he or she as seen you in the past 6 months for your diabetes. The first step is to make an appointment with us and following these guidelines, we can determine if you qualify for diabetic shoes. If you do, we will also work to help you benefit from this service.