The Diabetic Condition
Diabetes disrupts the vascular system and can affect the legs and feet. Diabetic neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat and cold. Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to the insensitivity and if these minor injuries are left untreated, complications may result.
We Can Offer Relief
It is extremely important that people with diabetes pay particular attention to foot care. Properly fitting footwear can prevent foot problems, or avoid complications associated with diabetes. At Reuters, you will find a wide selection of footwear ideal for diabetics because they:
- Are available in a variety of shapes that include a wide mid-foot area.
- Have stretchable and moldable uppers that provide extra comfort.
- Offer additional depth to reduce pressure on the foot, and to accommodate custom orthotics.
- Have wide, easy-on-and-off openings, many with strap closures that reduce pressure points on sensitive areas.
If you are a diabetic patient, it is important to know how you can obtain your supplies and get the items covered through Medicare. Under a law established in 1995, Medicare recipients with diabetes are eligible for coverage for therapeutic shoes and inserts. While not all Medicare patients can obtain this coverage through their plan, for patients with diabetes, the law mandates that Medicare cover the cost of the therapeutic shoes and inserts under what is known as the Therapeutic Shoe Bill, TSB.
If your doctor has recommended that you purchase therapeutic shoes and inserts as part of your diabetes care plan, you will want to be sure that the proper notes and documentation have been added to your file: Poor circulation, Peripheral neuropathy, Evidence of callousing, Ulceration, Amputation or Foot Deformity. With the prescription we can custom make your therapeutic shoes for you and will bill to Medicare directly for reimbursement. While you can only order one pair of shoes each calendar year, the Bill does provide for purchase of up to three custom-made shoe inserts each calendar year.
Medicare may pay 80% and insurance may pick up the other 20% for qualifying conditions. This excludes deductibles.
To get your shoes and/or orthotics through Medicare, please see “Qualifying for Diabetic Footwear” on this page.
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Qualifying for Diabetic Footwear:
If you have diabetes and want to be sure you are doing the right thing with footwear, please stop in for a free consultation. In order to qualify for insurance submission for diabetic footwear, we will need the following: